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A properly fitting bit will lay about an inch in front of the cheek teeth, and create no wrinkles.

Equine dental care is about health and welfare — not performance

Using dentistry to make a horse perform better can cause all sorts of problems down the road

The terms ‘bit seat’ and ‘performance float’ are often used to indicate a seemingly higher, more sophisticated level of dental care for the performance or sport horse — implying that the horse will perform better with such dentistry. The duty of the equine dental provider is not to make horses perform better — even though […] Read more

Aging horses by their teeth

Horse Health: A method of determining the age of horses by the wear 
on their teeth has been widely accepted for 130 years

In 1885, Sydney Galvayne published a book in Glasgow outlining a system which claimed to accurately age horses by identifying distinct features of wear on the teeth. Galvayne’s treatise became widely accepted and uncontested amongst horsemen for over a century. The Galvayne name even became memorialized when a distinct groove which travels down the side […] Read more