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Is Floating My Horse’s Teeth Really Necessary?

Some owners opt to have their horses’ teeth checked annually as part of a routine health exam by a veterinarian. Others, however, don’t consider a dental check-up unless their horse appears to have an issue – like difficulty chewing or resistance to the bit. As is often noted, horses are stoic creatures, which means they tolerate and disguise pain quite expertly. A horse could be suffering from any number of common teeth troubles, and you might never know it. A dental exam will reveal issues such as misalignment, unshed caps (baby teeth), the presence of wolf teeth, fractured molars, loose or rotting teeth and, most commonly, sharp enamel points. The term floating refers to the filing off of these sharp points on the teeth, which develop as the result of the circular chewing pattern horses employ to grind their feed. Dr. Kelli Gilson of Gilson Equine Veterinary Services in Fraserville, Ontario, explained…

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