Floating Teeth

Horses September 15, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Floating, a method of equine dental care, refers to filing the sharp edges of molars and premolars.

The lateral grinding movement of the jaw develops chisel-shaped surfaces on the inner edge of the lower and the outer edge of the upper molars. It is sometimes necessary to file down these sharp edges. Floating helps to prevent injury to the tongue and mouth.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.