August 17, 2010
When we look for answers for a horse's less-than-ideal performance, we often think about their sensitivity to our aids, their ability to focus, their conformation, the bit and other things. Too often what is overlooked are their teeth. A horse's jaw must be able to move or "slide" laterally and longitudinally in order to smoothly transition, go correctly forward or turn under saddle. They also need a properly functioning jaw in order to eat their food and keep weight on. Unlike our teeth, the teeth of a horse grow their entire lives and can produce sharp hooks and ramped or wavy dentition. This makes accepting the bit much more difficult than it needs to be.
Therefore, a qualified Equine Dentist can do wonders for your horse's mouth. Although more expensive than a dental float from your vet, a dentist can provide more intense and perhaps thorough work for 100% comfort. Otherwise, your horse may not respond in a manner conducive to your desired discipline. Don't hesitate when it comes to your horse's health. Have a thorough dental work-up performed at least once a year.