Teeth should be checked every 6 months. Horses teeth erupt from the gums throughout their lives. The upper and lower arcades (rows of teeth) do not line up evenly, so the teeth don't wear down evenly on all surfaces. The outer edge of the upper arcade doesn't get worn down and can form sharp points or edges. The same thing occurs with the inner edge of the lower arcade. This can cause lacerations and abrasions on the upper gums and on the tongue, thus making chewing painful. It can also make having a bit in the mouth uncomfortable. "Floating" or using rasps to take off the sharp edges and the tall ramps will prevent problems with eating, weight loss, biting, and behavioral problems. Power tools are also available.
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