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post #1 of 16 Old 02-24-2009, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Dental work

Just thoughts on my mind. Our herd is scheduled for a barn-wide oral exam (ha! Pop quiz!) next month. Pretty sure the 2 yr old has horrible teeth, and may need one extracted, based on his foul breath and the glance he graciously allowed me, but I'll leave that diagnosis to the vet.

How often do you REALLY get your horses' teeth examined? We all know we should get them looked at every 6-12 months, but how often does it REALLY happen? Truth be told, I'm lazy about getting it done if the horse doesn't drop feed or have weight problems and he's "middle aged". The old ones I'm more particular about, but what about your herd?

Just curious, not looking to shame anyone, nor am I inviting flaming the honest ones that fess up to never checking!
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post #2 of 16 Old 02-24-2009, 09:59 PM
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Gem and Vega were done not this december, but the one before that. (So december 07)
When they did get their teeth looked at, both were fine.

Montana, I think had his done sometime before I got him. I have yet to get him done since I've owned him (Since september 08)

I do plan on getting them done soon. None of them have showed any signs of having bad teeth, and they're all fat so weight isn't an issue.
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post #3 of 16 Old 02-24-2009, 10:02 PM
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I get it done whenever I think there's a problem. I got his teeth done 2 years ago. I had them checked in July and he was still all clear.
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post #4 of 16 Old 02-25-2009, 09:53 AM
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I get mine done every year. It is one of the most important things we can do to help horses maintain their health. Younger horses especially need to get done yearly as they are getting teeth, loosing caps and you can correct problems before they are out of control. Young horses are also SUPER sharp as the teeth are growing quicker than older horses.
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post #5 of 16 Old 02-25-2009, 09:54 AM
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Every spring and every fall.
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post #6 of 16 Old 02-25-2009, 10:02 AM
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Like mls, in spring any sharp edges ect for both horses ...fall power float for Walka (he has "special" needs ).
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post #7 of 16 Old 02-25-2009, 11:19 AM
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Ours are looked at every spring during spring shot time, but now they are getting looked at really routinely as my trimmer is going through classes to get certified at Natural Balance Dentistry (Very cool techniques- NO sedation!) and will continue on that path.
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post #8 of 16 Old 02-25-2009, 03:57 PM
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Not often enough. I always plan to get around to it, but I'm such a procrastinator. When I have had work done it has certainly helped those in need. Hoping to have the dentist back this spring to recheck some and do a couple who weren't done last time. XX if there are enough drugs and someone can actually get the damm stuff inside the pony. Sheesh, he neeeds some retained baby teeth removed.

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post #9 of 16 Old 02-25-2009, 05:12 PM
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I do every Feb. Thinking about every 2 year though (with all these prices)...
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post #10 of 16 Old 02-25-2009, 06:31 PM
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At the place I go we try to get them done every 6 months or so, when the dental guy can come out. But my pony is 8 years old and has NEVER had her teeth done. But I just got her back in November so it's not my fault she has never had them done. But when I got her she was fat so she mustve been eating fine but she chews on the bit a lot so I think she needs them done now. Good thing the guy is coming in March!!
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