Here we have identified some questions to ask your Dentist before proceeding and some frequently asked questions by the horse owner.
What to ask the dentist when looking to make an appointment:-
- Are they insured?
What qualifications do they have?
How long have they been practising for?
Can they supply references?
- Who can recommend them?
Common questions and answers:-
Qu. My horse shakes it's head when I am trying to take a contact?
Ans. This is normally caused by sharp edges on the first cheek tooth or the horse has wolf teeth present in the mouth. Wolf teeth tend to catch the inner lips and cheek when pressure is applied to the bit.
Qu. What bit should I use?
Ans. There really is no bit which fits every horse or situation. When you find a bit that suits your equine, stick with it and don't change it because it has gone out of fashion!
Qu. How often should my horse see a Dentist?
Ans. We suggest that most horses we have in our practise should be seen every 6 months. Then if they develop aproblem we can put it right reasonably easily.
Qu. My horse leans on the bit and gets heavier on my hands the more I ride him?
Ans. This problem seems to go hand in hand with a horse whose first cheek teeth are overgrown and he has developed hooks or ramps to his first upper or lower cheek teeth. This problem can be eased by putting bit seats* on the first cheek thus not giving the horse the ability to lean on the bit with a bulk of tooth.
* Bit seating is a form of rounding the front of the first molar to creat a softer smoother tooth for the skin to slide over.
bit seats on the upper and lower
normally rasped teeth
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