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What's In That Mouth?

August 2016 by Dr Shannon Lee, BVSc, MANZCVSc, DICEVO, Consultant Veterinarian, Advanced Equine Dentistry

As a vet with experience when it comes to looking inside horses’ mouths, little would surprise me as to what I might find in there.

It seems, however, I can’t state and repeat enough that horses, being by their very nature an animal that is both curious and cautious, are often prone to both oral injury and the ingestion of unusual or foreign objects. And, all the while, in many cases, they show no outward sign of there being any problem.

So, what do you, as a horse owner, think might be some of the more commonly found items inside horse’s mouths and what can be done about them?

Here, is a short list of just a few items that are very common to find: