Mark Thorne's Approach To Equine Dentistry
Improving performance and general well being of your
Performance equine dentistry and equilibration is of the utmost
importance for any horse which is ridden or driven. Properly done with skill and judgement, it allows the
horse to respond rather than react to the hands of the rider or driver, it will minimise fussiness in the
mouth, and through improved communication will allow the horse to perform at his best. Through better
mastication it will improve nutrition.
There must be a thorough intra-oral examination using a mouth speculum (or gag). Each tooth must be checked with
the aid of a bright headlight and an equine intra-oral mirror. All findings and disease should be noted and
recorded and treated where possible. Wolf teeth if present will need to be removed.
The cheek teeth will need to have all the sharp points removed, and the edges properly floated, tall teeth which
will impede the normal movement of the jaw will need to be correctly reduced, hooks, ramps and waves will need
correcting, and irregular prominent transverse ridges will need properly reducing. The first cheek teeth will need
to be properly rounded and balanced to prevent the soft inner cheeks being impinged on the teeth by the bit. The
canine teeth may need reducing if excessively tall, and rounding off, and tartar removed. The incisors will need to
be evaluated and corrected if necessary.
All this takes time, and an attention to detail, the desire to make a difference, the skill and judgement to
carry it out, and the proper equipment to achieve that goal. While most of these procedures can be performed with
basic hand tools, the same quality of work is difficult to achieve, if attainable in reality.
I have invested over twenty years of my life into equine dentistry, and use the leading equipment available in
order to give your horse the most comfortable mouth. The difference between being a winner and a loser in
competition is often extremely close, a fraction of a second or a single percentage point. It is often said no
foot, no horse; the same I believe can be applied to the mouth!
For further information or to book an appointment please call 07850 011518 or email
Mark Thorne, Equine Dentist based in Yorkshire. BAEDT/BEVA/BVDA approved.