Teeth Floating in Mules

Dr. Loafman of Equine Medical Associates specializes in equine dental care.

Teeth floating is necessary for mules. The process is to “file” down points that develop over time in the mule’s mouth. Equine teeth are open-rooted, which means that they grow continuously and rely on chewing to keep them ground down to the correct length. The top set of molars is wider than the lower set; equines chew in a circular motion, which means that over time, if the mule has an uneven bite, sharp spurs can develop. Floating is the process whereby the spurs or spikes are “floated” or rasped down with a dental file designed for use in equines. Age is not always a factor; have your mule’s teeth checked during regular vet visits. Floating your mule’s teeth is very important in order to prevent oral pain and to assure your mule is healthy overall.

Author: Cindy K Roberts

Cindy K. Roberts has a lifetime experience with training horses and mules; her obsession began while spending time with the family pony at age 2. She credits her grandfather, Lieutenant Wilton Willmann a sharpshooter and muleskinner of the U.S. Army Cavalry (stationed in Fort Riley, Camp Perry, Fort Leavenworth circa 1924) of gifting her with the insight on mules; and the desire to study and work with them. Cindy is host of Mule Talk! The podcast about mules and ranch lifestyle. She enjoys the western way of life, educating new mule owners in working with their own mules, hosting mule events and documenting her own adventures to keep the cowgirl spirit alive.