Equine Dentistry

We are specially trained in Performance Horse Dentistry with full mouth balancing and alignment.  Your horse needs his teeth done regularly to stay healthy and perform comfortably.  Have us do it right!

Skilled Equine Dentistry is Critical to Your Horse’s Health and Best Performance.

Is your horse fussing with the bit, dropping grain, tossing his head, resistant or hollowing his back under saddle? He needs our Performance Equine Dentistry with full mouth balancing and alignment.

What is Performance Dentistry at Meddleton Equine?

  • Removal of sharp oral points
  • Correction of any dental malocclusions (wavemouth, stepmouth, ramps, hooks)
  • Correction of severe problems is only feasible with power tools
  • Extraction of any diseased teeth
  • Composite restorations and filling of spaces (diastemas) left by missing or moving teeth

Why the Powerfloat?

  • The Powerfloat allows the Veterinarian to rapidly correct dental abnormalities
  • Resulting in less sedation time
  • Less time with the horse’s mouth held open
  • Less trauma to the surrounding tissues (gums, cheeks, tongue)

Why Does My Horse Need Dental Care?

  • Most horses develop sharp points on their cheek teeth 10-14 months after a float
  • Sharp points result in painful oral lacerations and ulcers
  • Pain results in decreased chewing
  • Possible chokes and impactions colics
  • Less efficient use of feed
  • General discomfort
  • Oral pain often affects performance and acceptance of the bit

When Should My Horse Have His Teeth Floated?

  • Most horses require yearly floats and all horses should receive dental examinations every 6-12 months
  • Yearlings and 2 year olds should be checked for developmental abnormalities
  • The first float is generally recommended between 2 and 3 years of age
  • A float should precede the first bitting
  • A painful first experience with the bit can have long lasting adverse effects on the horse’s training

CAUTION:   Consider Carefully Before Using a Lay "Equine Dentist"

  • An “equine dentist” is in no way equivalent to a human dentist
  • These people have no professional training and do not have a medical/dental degree
  • A short course or apprenticeship with another "equine dentist" is their only education
  • They lack the medical education to accurately recognize and treat oral maladies
  • They are practicing illegally in most states including New Mexico
  • They are not qualified or educated in the safe use of Tranquilizers and are not legally allowed to use them
  • They are unlicensed and uninsured: there is no accountability for the safety and welfare of your horse
  • Most horse owners won’t know if a good job is being done or not

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