Maintaining your horse’s teeth is part of a healthy equine health management program. There are a number of signs your horse is telling you that his teeth are in need of care.

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Most horses need their teeth floated annually, but this can vary depending on the horse’s mouth conformation. Teeth exams should start as early as two years of age, or before training starts. For young horses under five years of age, check their teeth every six months while baby teeth are being replaced by permanent teeth.

After five years of age, annual exams are sufficient. Horses over 20 may start having trouble with teeth loosening, due to shallow roots. Special attention should be paid to avoiding uneven lengths of teeth, which can lead to their premature loss.