Kerry is a trained Equine Dental technician and has been for many years now and holds a client base in the surrounding areas; Shropshire, Staffordshire, and Worcestershire.
History of equine dentistry
The study of equine dentistry can be traced back as early as 600BC when the Chinese used to dentition of a horse to acquire its age for sale. Equine dentistry was also studied and written about by Aristosle in 384BC. The earliest documents known depicting the floating of horse teeth in a block painting in England that the dates back to the 16 hundreds one of the earliest dental charts of the dentition of a horse was produced in Germany in 1820 and is held at the academy of equine dentistry. Records show that hand made instruments by black smiths date back to 1650. Arnolds and sons of England have been making dental floats and instruments since 1817.
So why do people think that equine dentistry is just a new gimmick to part them from their money, because sadly the horse’s mouth is a much neglected area in veterinary medicine and the horse world in general. this proved by a research article entitled compendium of veterinarian education may 1997 that a new qualified veterinarian receives less than 3 hours training and no hands on experience with horse’s teeth.
Why is dentistry needed?
You might ask yourself why dentistry is important when horses in the wild do not receive dentistry care and yet have still survived through evolutionary change. The equine has the ability to chew in a figure of eight, however they tend to be like us and favour one side. They get enough food in their mouth and form it into a cigar shape referred to as bolus, then using its tongue and cheek to hold the food on the occlusal surface it moves it back in the mouth chewing all the time occasionally swapping the bolus from one side of the mouth to the other ( probably where it has best occlusion and less sharp edges).it is therefore important that their teeth grind their food correctly.
What is dentistry?
Equine dentistry is the practice of maintaining an efficient mouth. It will involve balancing the mouth to insure that the equine can eat properly without pain or discomfort either in the mouth or any of the chewing mechanism for example the temporomandibular joint and facial muscles.
our main concern is that the animal eats efficiently, and doing so by maintaining the maximum occlusal surface, quite often in accomplishing this,the added bonus is that many of the behavioural problems exhibited in the working equine will be eliminated or at the very least improved.
Could your horse have a dental problem?
common warning signs;
Dropping hard feed
Dunking hay in water
Loss of condition
Packing hay/ grass into the cheeks
Stiffness to one side
Uncomfortable while applying contact
Rearing & bucking
Comprehensive dental care for your horse or pony
Preventative & remedial treatment
Quiet and sympathetic approach
Problems that can arise from no dental treatment:
Offset ( diagonal bite or wedge)
Overbite/ overjet (parrot mouth)
Underbite/ underjet (sow mouth)
In both cases of overbite and underbite they can have resulted from breeding programs that do not take dentition into consideration.