What happens when a horse goes to the dentist?

It sounds like the start of a joke, but a lot of people don’t realize that horses need a dentist too.

Why? Horses’ teeth grow continuously throughout their lives and uneven wear can lead to sharp points and edges that cause pain and difficulty chewing, which can be fixed by floating a horse’s teeth.

Floating their teeth?! That is the name for the process in which horses’ teeth are smoothed and contoured. It has nothing to do with water—a “float” is actually a type of file used in the process.

This week, 20 horses from Harmony Equine Center received floats thanks to an ongoing partnership with Colorado State University (CSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinary students from CSU had the opportunity to perform the procedure, under the supervision of CSU faculty member Dr. Luke Bass.

The partnership between CSU and Harmony Equine Center allows horses to receive vital medical care, while giving veterinary students the chance to gain practical experience with equines.

It’s a win-win for horses and future veterinarians!