What is teeth floating and why does my horse need it?

“Floating” of the teeth basically involves removing sharp points created by a horse’s natural grinding/chewing motion and leveling out uneven places in the dental arcades, or malocclusions. The sharp points can cause ulceration of the horse’s cheeks and tongue, making it painful to eat, have a bit/bridle on, or carry their head in a desired position. Uneven areas can cause loss/wasting and prevent proper grinding of feed and hay. Horse teeth have reserve crown, and erupt or “grow” a few millimeters every year to make up for what has been ground away. If the teeth are not wearing evenly, then the horse can develop severe malocclusions. That is why we recommend at least checking and usually floating the teeth every 12-18 months to correct small problems before they become big ones.

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