How frequently should my horse have a dental examination?
- Horses greater than 1.5 and less than 5 years old: every 6 months. To check for deciduous (baby) teeth that are retained (retained caps) and to ensure proper alignment of the incoming permanent teeth. The first dental should take place at 2-3 years old, prior to starting any training, it is at this point that the wolf teeth will be removed.
- Horses greater than 5 and less than 15: yearly. Unless there is a known problem such as a missing tooth, fractured jaw, or over/under bite.
- Horses greater than 15yrs: every 6 months. Check for loose or rotten teeth, as well as spaces between teeth (diastema) that is packing feed material.
How frequently should my horse have dental work done?
Most horses require dental work every 1-3 years depending on use of the horse (pasture pet versus performance horse), age, diet, and any previous abnormalities that may take several dental procedures to become completely corrected.