DENTAL CARE: The Right Bite
Dental disease is a major cause of being undernourished and poor performance in horses. Major dental problems, which are common, significantly affect growth and performance.
According to a North Carolina State University study, approximately 40% of horses have significant dental problems. Even horses never ridden need more examination and dental care than do wild horses. Wild horses are selected for survival, and those with abnormalities die younger and contribute little or nothing to subsequent generations. Since horse breeders do not select or cull on the basis of dental perfection, and since we want our horses to live very long productive lives, routine dental examination (beginning as a foal) and care is critical.
It ALL starts with the teeth!