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Equine Oral Health Exams

Check out the most recent issue of The Horse magazine ( for an article written by Dr. Easley on the importance of dental examinations.  While not every horse may need floating every year, every horse does benefit from at least a yearly examination.  Read about why this is necessary.

Equine Dental Dictionary

Some common equine dental terms you will hear and their definitions.

Bit seats:  The process of rounding over the fronts of the first large cheek teeth to accommodate a bit more comfortably.

Canine teeth:  Teeth found in the space between the incisors and the molars.

Caps:  Another term for retained deciduous (baby) teeth in young horses.

Hooks:  Dagger-like spikes that develop on the front and back ends of the cheek teeth.

Incisor reduction:  Part of the floating process that involves shortening overlong incisors to ensure molar contact.

Malocclusion:  Literally means “bad contact.”  Incisor and cheek teeth malocclusions prevents horses from masticating food properly.  Some malocclusions are parrot mouth (overbite) and monkey mouth.

Ramps:  Ski-jump-like formations that develop on the lower cheek teeth directly behind the location where the bit sits.

Steps:  An overgrowth found on a molar and caused by a lack of occlusion

Waves:  Humps in the lower line of cheek teeth.

Wolf teeth:  Small teeth directly in front of the first cheek teeth (upper and rarely, lower).

360 on Equine Dentistry

Mark your calendars!  The AAEP-sponsored event for veterinarians, 360 Equine Dentistry, is scheduled for early August at Texas A & M.  Further information forthcoming as available.  Stay tuned…..

Healthy Horse Seminar a Success

Thank you to all who helped make the Healthy Horse Seminar this past weekend, a huge success! We had over 70 horse enthusiasts attend the day-long seminar with presentations by five local veterinarians.  A thank you to the Shelby Co. Extension Office for providing such a wonderful space to hold this seminar.  Stay tuned for future happenings and information regarding the care of your horse.  Have a good spring…and don’t forget those vaccinations!


You are invited to attend a Healthy Horse Seminar, February 4, 2012, 9 AM to 2 PM at the Shelby Co. Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville, KY.  The program is offered free of charge and includes lunch.  Five local veterinarians–Drs. Jack Easley, Sheena Bowen, Ryan Wonderlich, Erica Tolar, and Kerry Beckman will offer lectures on a variety of equine health related issues.  Equine dentistry is one topic that will be covered and a Q & A will provide time for participants to ask questions. This program is sponsored by Equine Veterinary Practice, LLC and Easley Equine Dentistry.  Please call 502.633.0112 or email us to reserve a spot for attendance.  SEE YOU FEB. 4!

Merry Christmas from Easley Equine Dentistry!

Warmest wishes from our practice, homes (and barns!).  May joy fill your heart, peace touch your soul and love fill your life this Christmas and always.

Thank you for your gifts of friendship over the past years.  May 2012 bring much happiness and good health to you and your 4 legged equine friends.


Easley Attends Equine Veterinary Convention

Dr. Jack Easley recently attended the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 2011 Annual Convention held in San Antonio, TX, Nov. 18-22.  As the world’s largest continuing education meeting for equine veterinarians, the convention offered the latest advances in equine medicine, surgery, and research.  More than 2400 veterinary professionals from around the world particpated.

The AAEP, headquarted in Lexington, KY, was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse.  Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its nearly 10,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research, and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industy.

Healthy Horse Seminar in February

Schedule attendance at the Healthy Horse Seminar, 9-2 pm, Saturday February 4, 2012, at the Shelby Co. Extension Office.  Check this website often for more details.  This is a free seminar and includes lunch, handouts, and door prizes.

Equine Dentistry Consultation

Dr. Easley is available for equine dental consultation via internet, telephone, and/or travel to your clinic/hospital.  He is happy to provide in-clinic instruction for interns or new associate veterinarians who desire more detailed dental instruction in their practice.  Please contact us via our web address or telephone for more information.

Equine Dentistry at Caledon Equine, Canada

Dr. Easley recently visited Caldeon Equine Hospital in Caledon, CANADA, to consult and work with equine surgeon Dr. Bruce Watt.  Dr. Elfriede Rosskopf joined the team at Caldeon and extractions and sinus surgeries were performed on several horses.  Thank you Dr. Watt and staff members at Caledon for your professional expertise and great Canadian Hospitality!