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Dental Examination and Floating

Dental problems can cause signs of pain, discomfort or irritation long before your horse shows signs of weight loss, difficulty masticating and dropping feed. Some horses are so stoic, severe dental disease may be discovered with no clinical signs; they just adapt and tolerate the pain. For these reasons it is recommended that your horse gets a complete oral exam at least once a year.

Correcting Dental Problems

Equine cheek teeth continuously erupt and due to the anatomy of the teeth they form sharp enamel points which can cause lacerations to the cheeks and tongue. “Floating” reduces these sharp enamel points, rounding them so they can no longer cause trauma to the inside of the mouth. Very often this procedure is enough to provide instantaneous comfort to your horse, especially when ridden even if you do not use a bit.

Dental overgrowths can occur due to malocclusion (misalignment) of the teeth. These overgrowths can form hooks at the front or back of the cheek teeth, wave mouth, exaggerated transverse ridges or a step mouth. Typically these can be prevented with good dental management however they are often too large to tackle with hand floats so we reach for our power equipment, a safe pain free method to reduce these large overgrowths.

Typically your horse will be sedated to allow a safe, stress free examination and treatment, this is especially important for horses who have never been floated before. We want every procedure to be as easy on your horse as possible.

Normal skull:

Wolf tooth:


Severe overgrowth: