Dentistry

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Dental Correction and Feed Digestibility

Equine dental abnormalities are among the top five most common medical problems encountered by equine veterinarians. Clinical evidence has shown that horses with severe tooth hooks and points that were corrected gained weight

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Bits and Bitting (AAEP 2001)

“Bits and bridles are for communication,” Bennett told the sizable group that gathered to hear the three-person presentation. “They are not handles to stabilize the rider in the saddle or instruments for punishing the horse.”

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More Than a Toothache

Many practitioners have developed great dental skills and have expanded their dental services. However, clients aren’t using them! Dental care is more that just floating teeth. There are many steps you can integrate into your program to improv”P>Many practitioners have developed great dental skills and have expanded their den

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Understanding Your Horse’s Teeth

Horses have a unique dental structure. Their teeth are divided into two major sections: the incisors, which are the teeth seen in the front of the horse’s mouth, and the cheek teeth, made up of the premolars and molars. The molars and

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Baby Teeth

Perhaps one of the most neglected aspects of equine health, until a problem manifests itself, is the monitoring and care of a young horse’s baby teeth. After all, they are only temporary and are shed at various stages to make way for permanent

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Thoughts on Equine Dentistry

I believe very few aspects of equine health care have attracted as much attention and advanced as rapidly in the past five years as the practice of equine dentistry. There have been rapid technological developments in the equipment and

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Bizarre Behavior

Dr. Sue McDonnell addresses readers’ questions about an older pony’s grumpy behavior and why horses might eat dirt.

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Health Scheduling

For first-time horse owners, getting a new horse can border on the overwhelming. You have to find a suitable boarding barn or create adequate stabling on your own property and buy tack, grooming equipment, cooling sheets and/or blankets. Yo

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Long in the Tooth

Old age treats some horses better than others. Many continue to lead happy, healthy lives well into their 30s–a little slower, maybe, with some loss of muscle tone or a bit of a swayback, but otherwise in good flesh and good spirits until

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Equine Dental Care is More Than Just Floating Teeth

When you schedule an appointment for yourself at the dentist’s office, you usually mark off a whole afternoon on your calendar. You have X rays, get a thorough cleaning of each and every tooth, maybe get a tooth or two filled—and you almost

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