Dental problems (1-5 years, most common)
Retained incisor/premolar cap get pointy caps and
the horse trys to work his face with his tongue a lot.
Impaction of erupting incisorsa baby tooth which
was not lost at the correct time impeding tooth that is
trying to erupt.
Malocclusion from cap retention misalignment of
the teeth due to cap retention
Eruption bumps deciduous (baby) teeth being
pushed off the pre molars from permanent teeth
trying to erupt, just inflammation. Miniature horses
get this quite extreme
Un-erupted wolf teeth positioned quite close to
where a bit is usually positioned, so this can interfere
with riding. Unerupted canine teeth mostly males get these
(fighting teeth), sits along the diastoma. Will press
into the tongue or cheek.
Soft tissue damage most common.
Common dental problems of Adults
• Malocclusions misalignment
• Excessive transverse ridges some teeth longer
than others, •
• hooks overgrowth of the front teeth , can cause
death from bleeding or infection
• Tall molars often will lose a lot of food while
trying to chew, one tooth grows taller than
• Abnormal wear