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Dental Issues and Facial Trauma: More Common Than You Think

May 2018 by Dr Shannon Lee, BVSc, MANZCVSc Eq Dent, DICEVO, Advanced Equine Dentistry,

Horses, and especially young ones, are curious by nature. They can be playful and, unfortunately, that play can quickly turn into an accident which results in injury. Injuries to the head are extremely common and I come across many, many people whose own horses have suffered previous head trauma and yet, they (the owners) have no inkling or idea there was ever an injury.

This may seem strange, but it is largely because a lot of the injuries that occur are not easily detected from a distance or from the outside, and because, in general, horses are very good at masking the pain and discomfort caused by these injuries.