November 14, 2012

A Visit From The Lay Equine Dentist

Twice a year, my five Friesian horses are paid a visit by Brian Stuart, their familiar lay equine dentist.  Unlike human teeth, equine teeth are constantly growing, which is where the expression "long in the tooth" comes from.  Consequently, how the molars meet is always changing.  A horse’s mouth benefits greatly from a process called floating.  Using special files called floats, the lay equine dentist smoothes and contours the molars to enhance the act of chewing, making for better digestion and a happier animal.