• Jennifer Bodnar


Routine dental care is essential to maintaining your horses health.

Horses teeth continue to erupt throughout their life and are meant to be worn down through consistent grazing; something that few of today’s horses have access to.

Dental problems can cause a whole host of issues that don’t stop at the horses mouth.

•Pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

•Dysfunction in the hyoid apparatus(which has muscular connections from the tongue to the front leg)

•Pain, stiffness, and muscular changes in the poll, neck, and back.

If the jaw cannot move freely, then the neck cannot move freely, and the rest of the body cannot move freely all the way down to the feet.

Clench your jaw and try to go for a jog. Within a couple of strides you’ll feel exactly how it affects the rest of your body. 😳

It’s all connected. 🔄

Signs that may suggest your horse needs their teeth checked.

•Reactivity upon palpation of the TMJ or hyoid

•Head tossing

•Difficulty bridling

•Bolting, dropping, or dribbling food

•A foul odor

•If you notices sores or ulcerations

•Change in eating habits

What you can do about it.

💡Keep your horse on your vets recommend dental schedule.

💡Take note of any physical or behavioral changes that may indicate a dental problem and consult your vet.

💡Let your bodyworker know when you suspect a problem. Many practitioners will often assess your horse for pain points associated with dental problems and address the musculoskeletal problems that stem from them.

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