When you go to the dentist for a routine checkup, the doctor can determine the health of your teeth and gums, and provide you with the services or tools necessary to fix any problems.Although the human mouth is complicated and prone to conditions like tooth decay and periodontal disease, a horse's mouth is just as complicated (if not more so), and requires regular attention to ensure its overall health. Since horses have long, hypsodent teeth that continually grow to accommodate constant grinding, they can develop unique problems. If the teeth wear away unevenly, for example, they can become hook-shaped or pointed and cut into the horse’s tongue.As you can imagine, this type of complication is very painful for the horse and makes it difficult to eat. If you see your horse spitting out food while eating, this could be the cause. To ensure that your horse’s teeth aren't wearing down unevenly and causing discomfort, it's important to have them checked and floated (if necessary) once per year. Floating involves filing the sharp or rough parts of the tooth, making them grind together properly when chewing. If your horse has a mouth pain, you might see it quidding, which means it will spit out food when eating. Whether or not your horse display is signs of quidding, it's important that you have your horse seen regularly to avoid complications.Spring is a great time to schedule your horse’s routine check-up with an equine dentist. You heard it from the horse's mouth.
Although it may not be at the forefront of owners’ minds, excessive sun exposure in dogs can lead to health problems and decrease quality of life if not managed. Understanding the risks and preparing to protect your dog from the UV rays takes a little thought and consistent action.
The Paso Fino is widely known as being the smoothest ride around. There are tales of riders being able to carry a full glass of water while in the saddle, never spilling a drop. According to the USEF, the gait is smooth, purposeful, straight, balanced and synchronous front to rear.
International Self Care Day is celebrated annually on July 24th. We wanted to give everyone a head start and make you aware of how important it is to practice “self-care.” When life gets busy, it is easy to forget to take care of ourselves.