It was recently discovered that equine dentists existed in Mongolia over 3,000 years ago. While the role of this job has evolved through the centuries, some of the routine procedures that are common in the present, such as wolf teeth extractions, took place thousands of years ago.
The emergence of equine dentistry is said to have come along roughly at the same time as when horseback riding became more popular. Horses were beginning to be used as war mounts, and it was common for an equine veterinarian to perform dental work to make a horse more comfortable before going to war.
Procedures were also done on young horses who had teeth that caused pain and difficulty while eating.
To this day, Mongolians are able to perform sophisticated procedures with very simple equipment.
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