Care for his teeth

Your Horse (UK) - - Horse Care -

Reg­u­lar dentist check-ups are a pri­or­ity for your horse and older horses ben­e­fit from these the most. Af­ter their first visit, your equine den­tal tech­ni­cian (EDT) will rec­om­mend an in­di­vid­ual den­tal main­te­nance plan, with check-ups usu­ally every six or nine months. “When a horse reaches a cer­tain age, he can start to get gaps be­tween his back teeth,” says Claire. “Be­cause of the way a horse’s mouth is shaped, his teeth will be wider at the bot­tom and nar­rower at the top. This means that, when they chew, food can go into the gaps but can’t come out as eas­ily. Older horses can then end up with a lot of food packed in be­tween them, which can en­cour­age bac­te­ria to grow.” Your horse also needs to be able to utilise the en­ergy you give him, so find­ing an eas­ily di­gestible feed is key. “Check that what you’re giv­ing him isn’t sharp and spiky, and that what he eats isn’t go­ing to get stuck or cause him any pain,” says Claire. If your horse isn’t able to chew his food very well, then he misses out on the first parts of diges­tion. You can make his feeds softer by mak­ing them wet­ter.

Older horses should have t heir teeth a y ear checked twice

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