Why should we pay a dentist to do what nature can provide for free?

Q. In the wild horses survive without horse dentists. Why should we pay a dentist to do what nature can provide for free?

A:This is a question I hear often, and is a subject which really needs to be explored. In the wild horses live quite a nomadic life, most of it being involved in the search for food. The herds spend a large part of their day walking, foraging for food and water, covering various terrains where there are many and varied food sources. In their quest for food they pick at many substances, leaves, bark, different grasses, plants and various things to sustain them and also provide required minerals. To contrast that horses in captivity eat what we as owners offer them, but remember, they are fenced in and can only eat what is within their captive fences and what we may or may not give them. There is little free choice. The natural wear provided from in the ‘wild’ situation is probably esufficient due largely to the huge variety of things they chew on while feeding. A very important fact to remember horses in the wild lived much shorter lives than our captive horses. The teeth of our horses are pushed to the limit in respect to ‘years of service’. It is very likely that the wear we see on our horses in the form of very sharp edges along the rows of molar teeth is a product of horses not having to forage for different feeds, always chewing in a similar manner to eat what ‘man provides’ One could probably write a book on this interesting subject however I hope my answer gives you an insight to the differences between horses in the wild and domesticated horses.