> Buccal and lingual points
Horse's teeth are anisognathic, meaning the upper teeth are around 30% wider than the lower teeth. They are designed to grind laterally across each other breaking down cellulose in forage. Any asymmetry in the jaw, misalignment of teeth or an incomplete chewing cycle can result in the development of sharp enamel points on the teeth.
These can cause soreness, lacerations and ulcers to the sides of the cheeks and the tongue, illustrated by the black arrow (left). Pain can affect riding and feeding.