This was an article, on Equine Dentistry written by Steve Clark (EqDT IAED/Certified Advanced).
People have rasped horse’s teeth since the middle ages and have progressively learnt more and more about the impact of equine dentistry on the horse’s performance. Yet with all of the knowledge gained from modern science, the teeth are still the most neglected part of most horses. This neglect is unfortunate because the animal’s physical condition, comfort and ability to perform are directly related to the condition of its mouth. Horses with dental problems can often be in discomfort. As a result they may become unsafe to ride or handle, and cost much more to care for, owing to excessive feed bills and quite often the cost of treating related medical conditions, such as colic, abscesses and sinusitis for example.