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AJVS. 2018; 56(1): 117-126

Diagnosis and Surgical Management of Prevalent Dental Affections in Horses of Equestrian Clubs

Mostafa M. Kassem, Ahmed S. Korittum, Ahmed S. Raslan.


The present work was carried out in the period between “March 2015 to December 2016” the total number of examined horses was 354 horses, 92 horses had dental affections including 52 Equestrian horses, 34 Riding horses, 6 Funeral dragging horses. These horses were of both sexes and their ages were ranged between 3 years up to 22years old. The examined horses were collected from Armed Equestrian club, El Gzera club, El haram farms, Cairo stadium, El Shams club and Wadi Degla club.
The horses were divided according to usage into 3 groups, first group was used as riding horses, second group was used as equestrian horses and third group was used as funeral dragging horses. First group ; which involved 52 equestrian horses, 49 male horses and 3 female ones. Second group , which involved 34 riding horses, 13male horses and 21 female ones. Third group, which involved 6 funeral dragging horses, they all are male horses.
The examined horses in this study were subjected to comprehensive study including history, type of horse (Riding, Funeral dragging and Equestrian), the time of last floating, post treatment care and follow- up.
The prevalent dental affections in Egyptian equestrian clubs that were found are dental tartar, sharp enamel points, dental caries, rostral hook, periodontal disease, diestemata (diastasis dentium), incisor tooth fracture, parrot mouth, bit seat, caudal hook and canine tooth fracture.

Periodical examination is essential in detection and treatment of dental affections; furthermore, using of power float, mouthwashes, curetting of teeth and extraction of teeth gave good results in treatment of these dental affections. Delaying or neglecting treatment of dental affections leads to sever complications.

Key words: Equestrian, dental, oral, affection, riding and funeral dragging.

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