February 9, 2023

My Horses Get Checked by the Lay Equine Dentist

It's time for the Friesians and Fell pony to get their teeth checked! A good stable management program must include regular dental visits for the horses.

Once a year, my horses are paid a visit by their lay equine dentist, Brian Stuart. Unlike human teeth, equine teeth are constantly growing, which means their bites are always changing. Because of this, it is very important for a horse’s mouth to be examined for any sharp edges or misaligned molars. The process of correcting these conditions is called floating - filing or rasping an equine’s teeth so that chewing surfaces are smooth and properly contoured for eating. These days, power floating has become a popular method, but I prefer the all-natural, more traditional hand filing process. Yesterday, Brian came to my stable to check on all my horses.

Here are some photos, enjoy.