Artwork Copyright © 2014 Kevin Rundle Equine Dentistry & Equilibration

Artwork Copyright © 2014 Kevin Rundle Equine Dentistry & Equilibration

Caudal Hooks


DEFINITION - Dominant lower or upper last molar overhanging opposing molar. 

Causes - Hereditary - May result from horse born with over or underbite. Developmental - May result secondary to molar malocclusion that forces jaw out of alignment.

RESULTING PROBLEMS - Prevents horse from chewing freely side to side resulting in improper and excessive molar wear. Tight soft tissues are very susceptible to lacerations from sharp molar points. Can cause extreme discomfort as head carriage or frame is changed when riding.

SOLUTION - Reduce dominant molar to prevent excessive wear to opposing molar and carefully round to prevent soft tissue trauma.

Performance Bite Equilibration & Alignment