Tooth Caps In Young Horses

Farmer's Weekly|July 03, 2020

Tooth Caps In Young Horses
Deciduous teeth that are not shed can be problematic in young horses in training, warns Dr Mac.
Dr Mac.

Tooth caps are the name equine dentists give to the thin remnants of deciduous (baby) teeth that are shed in young horses as permanent teeth break through their gums. Generally, these are lost naturally during grazing; however, sometimes they remain in place and prevent the eruption of the permanent teeth. This can also cause pain and lead to difficulties during training, with some horses being difficult to lead. Rearing, bucking, evading the bit, and head shaking also present as symptoms of this condition. Understanding tooth eruption can help you recognise capping as a possible cause for a young horse being ‘difficult’.

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July 03, 2020