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Pamphlet - Why do Horses Need Dentistry

posted Apr 30, 2012, 4:56 PM by Claire Murray
Horses have evolved to live in a dry semi-arid environment where they are free to roam an average of 30-40km/day in search of grazing and water. Their incisors are designed to nip off the grass. Then tongue and cheeks manipulate this food into the grinding cheek teeth where it is chewed and manipulated into a rope like bolus and saliva is added in great quantities in the first steps of digestion.

Humans have domesticated horses and now provide them with conditions that are very different from their natural environment. Our breeding programs rarely take dentition into consideration and natural selection no longer takes place. This leads to conditions requiring all NZ horses to have a dental check up at least once a year and some more frequently.

The attached pamphlet is well worth a read to learn more about Equine Dentistry and how people like me can make a difference to your horses' well-being.
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Claire Murray,
Apr 30, 2012, 4:56 PM
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