Poll Recap: Dental Care Costs

Poll Recap: Dental Care Costs

Of the 868 respondents, 359 (41%) said their annual dental care costs vary depending on their horses' needs and veterinarian's recommendations.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

How much do you spend each year on your individual horse’s dental care? We posed this question to our readers in last week’s online poll. More than 850 people responded and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 868 respondents, 359 (41%) said their annual dental care costs vary depending on their horses’ needs and their veterinarians’ recommendations. Another 323 individuals (37%) said each of their horses’ annual dental care costs up to $249, while 128 people (15%) said they spend between $250-$499 on each horse’s dental care each year. Only 17 respondents (2%) said they spent $500 or more on each horse’s annual dental care, while the remaining 41 people (5%) indicated they do not have dental work done on their horses.

Additionally, more than 50 people commented on their horse’s annual dental care costs:

Poll Results

Many people responded they spent $150 or less per horse on dental care each year:

  • “I pay $100 per horse per year for basic care done by a highly educated equine dental practitioner.”
  • “It's only $70 per visit in U.K.”
  • “It costs $66 per horse.”
  • “I take my mare to an equine dentist once a year and the cost is $100.”
  • “My excellent equine dentist charges $100 per horse. I have four horses.”
  • “I pay less than $100 (per horse).”
  • “It's typically $50 per barn call and $80 to $150 for floats.”
  • “We haul to our equine dentist and he charges about $125 per horse in the Texas panhandle.”
  • “I generally pay under $150 per horse, and a thorough job is done.”
  • “The normal charge is $95.”
  • “Usually sedation and hand float is around $150.”
  • “I spend about $60 per horse per year, however to have a broken tooth removed via a hole drilled into his skull was $3,000.”
  • “Each horse is $85 and is done by a friend who trained and was certified in equine dentistry in England.”
  • “I pay $125 once per year (he has excellent teeth) for work by an equine dentist.”
  • “It's $125 per horse, including sedation, performed by a vet who only does dentistry.”
  • “I have vet out each spring, and he evaluates each horse's needs. Last year  it was about $100 each for two horses.”
  • “My dentist charges $75 per horse. They are floated once a year in the spring.”
  • “Most all the vets here charge $75 per horse.”
  • “Routine is usually about $100 per horse per year, if they need floating.”
  • “I had my mare's teeth floated this year ($130) for the first time in about three to four years”
  • “There are several clinics in my area and prices range from $80 to $150 per horse.”
  • “It's typically $140 per horse per visit.”
  • “My horse is seen by an equine dentist twice a year which is usually about $85 per visit.”
  • “About $100 once a year for a float from my wonderful vet. Then he gets a lollipop (kidding...).”

Others said they spend more than $150 per year on their individual horse’s dental care:

  • “It's generally around $200 for an annual float, barring other problems that need fixing.”
  • “It's usually about $250, but I would spend more if vet said horse needed the care.”
  • “Up to $259, but only costs $60 to float the teeth.”
  • “I don't pay more than $250 per year even though my vet is a certified dentist.”
  • “For four horses I have paid as much as $1,300 and as little as $400. The $400 job was better.”

Some commented on the frequency of their horse’s dental care:

  • “Sometimes my horses won't need anything.”
  • “Our horse has very stable teeth and is checked regularly, but rarely needs anything.”
  • “Dental checks are a part of their routine biannual physicals.”
  • “They have their teeth done twice a year by a certified dentist with a vet in attendance. It's expensive, but worth it.”
  • “Usually one float per horse per year.”
  • “My vet checks my horses teeth every summer and makes recommendations if needed.”
  • “I have a yearly float done. That is all he needs at this time.”
  • “They are checked once a year and floated when needed.”
  • “I've been fortunate to have horses with balanced mouths, only needing floating every other year.”
  • “All of our horses have their teeth done twice a year.”
  • “We float once a year. So far no other dental work has been required.”
  • “The vet checks their teeth twice yearly when he comes to do vaccinations.”
  • “The dentist comes twice per year. Sometimes a horse may only need a touch-up, not a full float though.”
  • “Whatever they need they get. I have them seen regularly by my vet.”
  • “The vet checks teeth and does work as necessary during biannual vaccination days and check-ups.”
  • “Have teeth floated every spring on the younger horse and twice on the older one.”
  • “My horses teed are floated yearly to every two years.”

And a few people left general comments about their horse’s dental care:

  • “We use a certified equine dentist. He uses hand tools, none of that power drilling, and does a great job.”
  • “We prefer hand-floating, which vets in the area refuse to do.”
  • “Dental care for your horse is just as important as our own.”

Find out if your horse needs a dentist, listen to an archived ask the vet live podcast on equine dental care, and find more equine dental care resources at TheHorse.com! 

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About the Author

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master's degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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