What happens if I don’t get sharp edges removed from my horse’s teeth?

Q. What happens if I don’t get sharp edges removed from my horse’s teeth?

A. Sharp edges along rows of molars can cut into horses’ cheek tissue causing pain for the horses with its resulting irritation and infection, restrict the ability for natural mastication and cause feed packing. Sharpness on the lower molars often causes laceration to the tongue and surrounding tissue. The overall product of these results can cause a reluctance for the horse to feed, loss of conditions and in the case of feed packing gum deterioration. The infection also generally effects the health of the horse as well as its temperament.