Your horse is not going to tell you if there is a problem in their mouth. Some horses will show few if any problems eating and be perfectly behaved whilst ridden despite being in pain, so routine dental examination is essential for the welfare of all our equines.
Horses’ teeth erupt continually throughout their lives and are worn down by grinding coarse vegetation as they eat. We recommend that every horse has annual dental treatment, to check for any sharp points that have not been ground down properly and can cause ulceration in the mouth, as well as any other abnormalities. Some horses with dental abnormalities may require treatment more frequently. A good time to do this is at the same time as an annual flu/tetanus booster, when all aspects of your horse’s health can be discussed.