Equine dentistry: Geriatric horses

These photos are of a 20+ year old Quarter Horse gelding that Ronnie and I worked on today. We have seen a lot of “old timers” this year. Older horses have a variety of teeth problems, especially if they have not been on a regular dental exam schedule.


You can see in these photos this horse has a huge overgrown 1st upper cheek tooth, a severe wave mouth, and a loose tooth that had to be extracted. Once a horse’s teeth reach this stage it is difficult to correct the malocclusions. In a perfect world, horses would receive dental care every year so most of these problems could be prevented or at least minimized.

David Warren, D.V.M.