Kerry is a qualified equine dental technician and has been for many years now. Kerry has a large client base in the surrounding areas of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
Equine dentistry is the practice of maintaining an efficient mouth. It will involve balancing the mouth to insure that the equine can eat properly without pain or discomfort either in the mouth or any of the chewing mechanism for example the temporomandibular joint and facial muscles. Our main concern is that the animal eats efficiently. By maintaining the maximum occlusal surface, the added bonus is that many of the behavioural problems exhibited in the working equine will be eliminated or at the very least improved.
The three main reasons are as follows:
The study of equine dentistry can be traced back as early as 600BC when the Chinese used the dentition of a horse to acquire its age for sale. Equine dentistry was also studied and written about by Aristotle in 384BC. The earliest documents known depicting the floating of horses teeth is a block painting in England that the dates back to the 16 hundreds one of the earliest dental charts of the dentition of a horse was produced in Germany in 1820 and is held at the academy of equine dentistry. Records show that hand made instruments by black smiths date back to 1650. Arnolds and sons of England have been making dental floats and instruments since 1817.
Sadly the horse’s mouth is a much neglected area in veterinary medicine and the horse world in general.