Dental Care for Tir Na Nog Horses

| July 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Horses rely on dental care to maintain their health and wellbeing.

This past June, the annual Dental Day at Horses of Tir Na Nog took place. Forty-four of our sanctuary equines had their dental needs addressed, their weights checked, and receive dewormers and vaccinations.

Adult horses have between 36 to 44 teeth, depending on if a horse has retained its canine and wolf teeth. Horses’ teeth continue to erupt through their adult years. In order for horses to effectively grind their food, a smooth surface must be available. Dental care is an important part of basic equine health. Without regular dental care horses can experience a variety of problems, including difficulty chewing their food, weight loss, and the development of painful mouth sores.

Between dental care, vaccinations, and dewormers, costs total close to $11,000. But this is basic care that all horses need and is an investment in the overall health of horses.

For the second year in a row, the Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society members volunteered to assist with this day-long project. The Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society is a re-enactment group that participates in various events and parades. In addition, they raise money for charities, including local equine welfare organizations such as ours.

Horses of Tir Na Nog is a community-supported equine sanctuary that offers a safe-haven to horses with few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life. For more information, visit

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