Wolf Teeth

‘Wolf teeth’ is the term given to teeth of varying size located in front of the main cheek teeth. They are most commonly located on the upper jaws, but may occasionally occur on the lower jaws.  These teeth have no function, and not every horse will have them.   If normally positioned they usually cause no problems and therefore require no treatment. However, if these teeth interfere with the bit, are loose or painful, are abnormally positioned or not fully erupted through the gum then they often require removal.  The horse will be sedated to make the procedure safer for the vet and handler, and less stressful and painful for the horse.  Local anaesthetic may also be used.  The horse will require some time (usually 10—14 days) for the gums to heal before a bit can be used again.