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Meet our dental poster boy, a teenage Canadian TB with a promising career as an event horse.... but with some dental obstacles that got in his way. Despite the old adage, it
IS important to look a gift (or any other) horse in the mouth! Horses that are tossing their head, grabbing or evading the bit, panicking over fences or otherwise afraid of their face may be trying to tell you to check their mouth! In this case, you can tell by the look on Dr. Bo's face that it only took a glance to recognize a problem here. Sleuthing out the cause and effects of this dramatic overbite required a more extensive oral exam using a speculum and some radiographic imaging. Thorough examination revealed an old maxillary fracture that had healed with extensive rearranging of the upper incisor teeth. Figuring out how to help him cope better with the abnormalities we found is called applying
the art of veterinary practice! Our OTTB had adapted well enough to maintain weight, but he could not graze effectively and the discomfort in his mouth translated into training problems. It's a good news story though as this horse has not only responded very well to judicious dentistry, but now he can take a carrot from your hand and be ridden in a much kinder bit. He's taking his occupational obstacles in style now and looking forward to a spectacular eventing season next year!
Most horses are much simpler to manage of course, but it's clear that routine dentistry is a big part of extending both the quality and quantity of life for horses in general. For the equine athlete good dental protocol is essential to maximizing their potential, whatever discipline they perform.