Horses teeth stop growing at the age of 15 , from that point forward determines how long they live .
Eventually they will grind them down to the gum and may also get a abscess along the way .
It can just as painful for a horse as it is for a human and generally requires removal .
The hardest decisions have to be made in these circumstances based on the age of the horse .
When your horse is 19 years old and you can see his teeth are failing there is no coming back .
My decisions are based on the business principal and the horses quality of life .
Over the years i have had to deal with all kinds of situations regarding the horses .
Everything from major wounds to coliced up horses and of course there teeth .
There is always the other element , people who tend to think they know better than about your horses .
I remember years back when i was having chemo and radiation for cancer and i had assistant manager in place .
One of the staff kept turning up for work drunk and at times not at all , she was subsequently put off .
Being disgruntled she rang the rspca and they then conducted a inspection on all the horses and their teeth .
As i was away my assistant had to cop the brunt of what was to come out the inspection .
The head inspector handed us a show cause notice to have a horse put down due to her hooves .
As there was a vet on hand and myself not there proving that the mare was going to be fine was hard .
The end result was , she would be put down and apart from some needing there teeth done .
The question of their hooves seemed to be only other concern to the vet and rspca inspector .