TEETH

How you care for your horse to­day— whether he is 2, 7, 15 or any­where in be­tween— can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on his health when he reaches old age.

EQUUS - - Longevity -

Here are the five es­sen­tials for

longevity.

To dis­cover one of the prin­ci­ple causes of pre­cip­i­tous de­cline in ag­ing horses, look no far­ther than the teeth. “When a horse’s teeth go bad, things go down­hill pretty quickly,” says Chris Robertson, DVM, of Blue Moun­tain Equine in Madi­son, Vir­ginia. “If he can’t eat, he’s not go­ing to be able to take in suf­fi­cient calo­ries and nu­tri­ents to sup­port any of his vi­tal sys­tems. Hon­estly, I think ad­vances in den­tal care are one of the pri­mary rea­sons we are see­ing horses to­day live longer than ever.”

Miss­ing or worn-down teeth can make it dif­fi­cult for a horse to eat, but some­times the source of trou­ble is hard to spot. “Any kind of in­flam­ma­tion

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