When should I first have my horses teeth checked?

Your vet will check the foal when it is born to identify any bite or palate issues.  Otherwise the first check-up should ideally carried out 3 months prior to ‘backing’ or start of training to allow any wolf teeth present to be removed and the sockets to heal.  Wolf teeth appear around 18 months and if not lost through natural shedding by three years of age they will need to be extracted.  Due to the variation in size it is best to allow plenty of time for the socket to heal.  A first dental examination also removes all sharp points before introducing tack to the cheeks where ulcers may have formed.