Apryle Horbal, VMD, MRCVS
Apryle Horbal, VMD, MRCVSEquine Surgeon - Pittsburgh, PA
Apryle Horbal is trained in the field of equine dentistry, oral surgery, and upper airway disease. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Apryle received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Biological Basis of Behavior in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to qualify for her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Upon completion of this veterinary degree, she went on to complete an internship in large animal medicine, surgery and ambulatory practice at Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 2012.
Apryle recently completed her residency in equine dentistry at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland along with submitting a Masters of Philosophy thesis for her research in the development and clinical significance of cemental defects in equine maxillary cheek teeth infundibulae.
Additionally, Apryle has an interest in training veterinary practitioners in developing countries, with an emphasis on improving dental care and nutrition for working equids around the world.


Equine specialty practitioners are trained in the biological structures of horse breeds.  Equine specialists are extensively trained to tend to the specific needs of different parts of a horse, while knowing the potential causes of apparent issues.

Equine dentistry is of one area of an equine specialty.  Some symptoms that may relate to dental issues with a horse may include:

  • Quidding
  • Weight loss
  • Nasal discharge
  • Disinterest in feed
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty on the bit

Some treatment options for these issues may include:

  • Dental Endoscopy
  • X-ray
  • CT scan
  • Tooth extraction
  • Floating teeth

Other common issues among horses are related to their sinuses and airways.  Some symptoms of sinus and airway disease may include:

  • Nasal discharge
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling or distortion of the head
  • Abnormal noises during exercise
  • Coughing

Investigating these symptoms may be don by:

  • X-ray
  • CT scan
  • Endoscopy