Breeding For A Pretty Face Can Mean Massive Dental Problems

Vikki Fowler, a veterinarian and an equine dental technician, has warned that breeding equines for “designer” faces can cause them pain by not leaving enough room in their mouth for their teeth.

Breeders are emphasizing very dished faces, which means the horses and ponies are being born with smaller mouths. If there is not enough room for their teeth to grow in normally, they can erupt behind their jaws and into their facial tissue, causing pain.

Fowler is seeing these dental issues mainly in Welsh section As, Arabians and Miniature horses. She has also seen the problem in a few Warmblood breeds.

The issue can become severe enough that euthanasia must be considered for a horse or pony that has a tooth or teeth that are not in the proper location or that has teeth in an area where growth cannot be controlled (as in, there is no opposing tooth to come in contact and stop the tooth from growing). Either of these situations can cause pain.

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