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Equine Dentistry-The importance for your horse.

12 Oct 2011 1:15 PM -

From the horses first day of life, development in all aspects of their body takes off at a very fast rate. Teeth are no exception. Horses have baby teeth just as we do (Incisor or front teeth & molars or rear teeth).

Between 2 ½ and 4 ½ years of age, horses will naturally cast 24 temporary baby teeth, as their mature or permanent teeth develop & push through the gums forcing the temporary baby teeth from the gums. The majority of horses will cast 20 of the 24 milk teeth in a short period of 12-15 months, between 2 ½ yrs of age, to 3 yrs and 10 months. While this is happening, the young horse will also be developing, and then cutting another 12 permanent molars at the rear of his mouth between 1 to 3 yrs. Wolf teeth can appear between 6 months up to 2 yrs of age and canines in geldings and stallions around 4 yrs of age.

At 5 yrs of age, a horse is considered to have developed a  mature mouth consisting of 36 teeth ( 12 incisors and 24 molars).

In summary: before birth to 4 ½ yrs, geldings and stallions will develop and cut 64 teeth to leave a mature mouth of 40 teeth and a mare will develop and cut 60 teeth to leave a mature mouth of 36 teeth. the majority of dental activity occurs between ages 2 ½ to 3 yrs and 10 months.

Horses can not talk!!! However, out of character behaviour while your horse is eating or being ridden during these above ages, may be an attempt from your horse to communicate some difficulties he may be having due to the enormous amount of dental activity occuring.

Professional Equine Dentistry has been a holistic element of all Equine Sport Management Programs for many years.For the best results, ensure Professional Equine Dentistry is a part of your management.

This article was written by Heather Bain. Heather is a certified Level One & Two member of the World Wide Association of Equine Dentistry Australasian Inc. She is also a member of the Australasian Association for Equine Dentistry Inc.

Heather may be contacted on 0407848662. We use the services of Heather and highly recommend her to any horse owners.

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