Case Studies

horse cheek lacerations

Cheek Laceration

Symptoms

Uncomfortable with rein contact and shaking head.

Findings

Laceration to the cheek caused by very sharp enamel points cutting the cheek.

Treatment

Routine floating to remove sharp enamel points and rounding to reduce pinching of the soft tissue.

Outcome

Headshaking stopped and pony much happier with rein contact


horse teeth large hooks

Large Hooks

Symptoms

Unsettled with rein contact and opening mouth.

Findings

Large hooks on the first upper cheek teeth and last lower teeth.

Treatment

Reduce hooks in two stages using diamond disc and float mouth.

Outcome

Horse stopped opening his mouth with the contact and much more settled.


Shear Mouth

Symptoms

Difficulty eating Hay.

Findings

Very steep table angles of teeth on one side normal on the other. Horse eating on one side of its mouth only.

Treatment

Over time gradually trying to restore more normal table angle using power tools. On going treatment required.

Outcome

An improvement in table angles and ability to eat hay. Change to a chopped forage diet and grass.


horse shear mouth horse parrot mouth

Parrot Mouth

Symptoms

None.

Findings

Overlong upper incisors due to lack of wear on lower incisors.

Treatment

Reduce to a normal level using a diamond disc. This was achieved over three treatments

Outcome

Work has allowed the normal movement of the
lower jaw to be restored.


Cheek Ulcers

Symptoms

Tenderness eating hard feed and slow eater.

Findings

Sharp enamel points causing cheek ulcers both sides of the mouth towards the back of the mouth.

Treatment

Remove sharp enamel points by floating the mouth.

Outcome

This allowed the ulcers to heal within two weeks. Horse immediately able to eat its hard feed normally.


Wolf Tooth

Symptoms

Owner reported horse difficult and unsettled with the bit.

Findings

Wolf Tooth noted on one side.

Treatment

Sedation by the vet and wolf tooth extracted. One week without a bit advised.

Outcome

Horse reported to be much more settled with the bit.