Keep up to date on your horse’s health, so that you can avoid your horse developing any problems, resulting in unnecessary suffering. Every horse shows different degrees of pain with regard to dental disorders. Horses with huge problems may act reasonably normal, while a horse with small abnormalities may exhibit consistent problems while in work, riding or training.
Some common symptoms to look out for include:
- Head shaking and tossing, head shyness
- Feed packing (you could see possible bumps protruding from under the cheeks)
- Bad breath
- Biting problems (sudden refusal or reluctance to accept the bit)
- Reluctance to eat
- Pulling head to one side when in work and head tilting when eating.
- Quidding (dropping small balls of chewed forage and grain when eating)
- Large particles of grain and hay in manure
- Opening and crossing of the jaw when asked to collect.
- TMJ sensitivity
- Tucked up shortening of the stride
- Stumbling and tripping
- One sided, stiff to one side loose on the other
- Possible impactions and colics
- Trouble keeping weight on, large quantities of food required
- Swelling and abscesses on the head
- Sinusitis with or without nasal discharge
- Overall loss of performance.