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Friday, August 1, 2008
Ron Johnson CEqD works on the teeth of Big H., an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding.

Ron Johnson is an Equine Dentist, and he's passionate about his profession.

Does your horse need to see the dentist? Probably!

Wild horses never get their teeth worked on, but wild horses are eating coarse grasses that wear their teeth down, and the ones with tooth problems have been eliminated from the gene pool by predators. Once domesticated horses are fed on soft, processed foods, and bred selectively for performance and temperament instead of dental fitness, their teeth do cause problems.

It's been known for hundred of years that because a horse's upper jaw is wider than his lower jaw, the teeth grind unevenly and form points on the outside of the top molars and the inside of the bottom ones. The points can become sharp enough to cut the ...pick up a copy of the paper for the rest of this interesting story