Feral horses are the descendents of once-tame animals which have run free for generations. Groups of such horses can be found in many locations around the world. Free-roaming North American mustangs, for instance, are the descendents of horses brought by Europeans more than 400 years in the past. There is just one species of home horse, but round four hundred totally different breeds that specialize in everything from pulling wagons to racing. All horses are grazers.
Horses’ tooth develop continuously. Uneven wear can lead to sharp points and edges that cause pain and difficulty chewing.
Tuesday 12th November
After all, they’re horses. It’s what they do.
A horse’s tooth must be checked once or twice a 12 months and “floated” (to make them smoother) by a veterinarian or nicely-skilled equine dentist as wanted. Dental issues, from painful points to rotting teeth, might trigger difficulty chewing or “quidding,” which occurs when food falls out of the mouth. Other signs of dental illness may include foul breath, undigested hay in the stools or discomfort from the bit or noseband.
Vaccines for West Nile Virus are also available. Ask your veterinarian if different vaccines are applicable in your horse. Any changes to your horse’s diet should be made progressively to keep away from colic (abdominal pain usually related to intestinal illness) or laminitis (painful irritation in the hoof related to separation of the hoof bone from the hoof wall), either of which could be catastrophic. A horse or pony breaking into the grain bin or being allowed to gorge on green pasture for the first time because the fall is headed for catastrophe.