Horse’s teeth wear varies based on diet

This is from the Horse.com newsletter.  Interesting in an off-hand kind of way.  🙂

MOTION CAPTURE CONFIRMS HORSES CHEW DIFFERENT FEEDS IN DIFFERENT WAYS

Horses eating a diet consisting mostly of pellets or grain could require more dental maintenance than horses eating predominantly hay or pasture grasses, according to researchers at Michigan State University who used motion capture techniques to track the movement of horses’ jaws. The results of their study showed that horses use slower, larger movements to masticate (chew) hay than pellets, resulting in a more functional pattern of tooth wear. This means owners with horses eating a diet consisting of mostly pellets might need to have their horses’ teeth checked more often to avoid the development of enamel irregularities.

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