Date: Ongoing via Distance Learning

Cost: US$225

Duration: Approx 22 hours

Participants learn to evaluate and assess the horse’s teeth and mouth. Contents cover veterinary terminology, dentition, skull structure and function, common dental problems, problems associated with teeth concerning health, behavioral and training issues associated with dental issues, recognizing dental issues, and the effect of various bits and ethics. This ability to recognize problems associated with teeth concerning health and training will enhance owners, trainers, caregivers, breeders, judges, and equine body workers’ skills and the horses’ performance.

For this course you have 4 months to complete it after enrollment. We have determined it takes 22 hours to complete the lectures, quizzes and reading activities after each module and the final exam. Your course fees include the externship (see details under course outline) which is required if you are taking the course for Equinology credit.

Your link to the online course is provided upon registration for our online Fresh Learn Platform. If you need assistance, please write julieequinology(at) to resend the link. Once on the site, you can download and print the course manual to follow along with the narrated lectures presented by horse enthusiast and equine dental specialist Dr. Alexandra Dehleimer, DVM.

Who should take this course? Horse owners, trainers, caregivers, farriers, bodyworkers, saddle fitters, breeders, veterinarian technicians and assistants, barn managers, physical therapists, and anyone in the health care industry who wants to expand their knowledge.

This course is also a required course for our Master Equinology® Equine Body Worker (MEEBW) but is open to anyone as a stand-alone course for the general public.

Module 1: Anatomy and Physiology of the Equine Mouth
Module 2: Examining the Mouth as a Unit
Module 3: Pathology and its effect on horse health and behavior
Module 4A: Tack and Bits and the effects on the oral cavity and head - Anatomy, Communication, Mouthpieces, and Snaffles
Module 4B: Tack and Bits and the effects on the oral cavity and head - Leverage/Curb Bits
Module 4C: Tack and Bits and the effects on the oral cavity and head - Gag Bits
Module 4D: Tack and Bits and the effects on the oral cavity and head - Bitless Bridles, Signs of an Issue, What Can Go Wrong, Case Example
Module 5: Dental care available and laws surrounding dentistry in the United States
Module 6: Final Exam and Externship

• dental terminology and vocabulary,
• the dental formula of the horse,
• skull structure and function,
• average sequence of eruption and wear of the permanent teeth (tooth structure and wear),
• average age of shedding caps (deciduous teeth),
• external and internal exams,
• normal occlusion (and position of the head for assessment),
• normal variations,
• aging by teeth (and limitations/considerations),
• common dental issues and pathology (including Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (EOTRH)),
• problems associated with teeth concerning health and training (and the effects on the rest of the body),
• effects of bits and training gear,
• understanding the different approaches and concepts to dental care (including discussion of power floats vs hand floats),
• resources for dental care legal guidelines,
• limitations of non-veterinary dental technicians,
• choosing the right practitioner for your needs,
• working with your client regarding the need for dental care and
• reviewing the current science and research for soundness and validity in equine dental care

This is optional however, it is required for Equinology Credit
For this particular course, there are 10 hours of guided study once the student leaves the class.
• 10 dental assessments: Students employ the dental assessment learned online on 10 different horses. A written report of any findings regarding the dental condition of each horse is submitted for course credit.
• Optional: Travel with an Equine Dentist for a day. Write a summary and your impressions of the day. Specifically, state where dentistry can influence the horse’s body.

Externships should be one file and uploaded with the student’s name, state and country, and course number (EQ500):
There is no need to purchase or join HighTail. If the link does not open either write us or check your spelling.

Three months are given to complete the work at the course conclusion (your enrollment covers a period of 4 months from the date of registration). Extensions will only be given under special circumstances.

Incomplete externships will not be accepted. A score of 70% or greater is required for satisfactory completion.

Methods of Instruction and Delivery: This is a self-paced course and your registration is good four months from the date of registration. Although it is designed to be completed in less than 3 study days, we do allow the student four months from the time of registration to complete at home. The externship is optional and we allow 3 months to complete from the completion of the final exam or course (whichever comes first). The manual which follows the narrated lectures is available to download from the Fresh Learn platform. You can either save a copy to your computer or print it out for personal use.

When you have completed reviewing all the course content, you will move on to the Final Exam. You are allowed two hours to complete it once opened. You have 3 attempts to pass.