How Common are Dental Abnormalities in Horses?
Before domestication, horses grazed for 16 to 18 hours a day. Pulling, biting, and chewing a variety of forages naturally maintained their tooth edges and rounded off sharp edges—essentially, it helped keep horses’ teeth healthy.

“Free-roaming horses use their teeth harder and longer when eating fresh grass as compared with a pelleted feed,” explained Teerapol Tum Chinkangsadarn, DVM, a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, in Australia. “The domestication of horses has limited their grazing time, which has led to an increase i

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