Having a regular EDAA equine dental technician means you’ll both know when each horse will need to be seen.
We recommend when each horse is due for its next visit. How often a horse is done depends on the individual horse’s age, dental conditions and what they are eating.
You can use these general timings as a guideline:
The first time a horse’s teeth should be done is preferably during the mouthing process.
Young horse’s teeth grow faster and they lose milk teeth which can need attention. Younger horses are also in their learning years so having problems in the mouth causing pain, especially with a bit, can develop bad habits that are difficult to break. We recommend young horses get more regular dental maintenance. Professional trainers usually have their young horses checked every two or three months to prevent risk of any problems.
- Paddock fed horses 5 years or younger are seen every 6 months.
- Stable fed horses 5 years or younger are seen every 3-4 months.
Mature horses without unusual dental conditions should be regularly maintained to ensure a long healthy life.
In old horses, 20 years plus, teeth growth slows and they can start losing their molars. There is not much we can do to help these problems. Check with your horse dentist – they may say checkups are not necessary for up to two years unless signs of problems occur. Caring for your horse throughout its life will increase the oral condition and decrease the problems in later years.
- Paddock fed horses 5 years or older are seen every 12 months.
- Stable fed horses 5 years or older are seen every 6 months.