Do they sedate for teeth floating?

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    02-10-2012, 05:34 PM
Do they sedate for teeth floating?

I watched some "you tube" videos for floating a horses teeth. It looks like it would freak a horse out big time. Do they always sedate or does it depend on the horse? My horse is calm about everything, but I don't know about this teeth stuff. I wanted to be there for it, but now I'm not so sure. I get a little nauseous when I think about going to the dentist just for myself! :)
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    02-10-2012, 05:36 PM
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They sedate. Yes.
    02-10-2012, 05:36 PM
Green Broke
Some horses need sedation, some don't - some practitioners have a blanket policy of sedating for all floats, some prefer to see if the horse requires it. Our TB is one that does best with sedation, my little paint mare had her's done w/out sedation and was just fine.
    02-10-2012, 05:50 PM
It's a default option for most vets/horse dentists but you can opt your horse out of it. My horse doesn't need it with some vets.
    02-10-2012, 06:02 PM
Green Broke
With the old way of floating teeth with just the file back and forth, some horses do not need sedation, but no sedation means a twitch.
The new science of Equine dentistry, with drills and bits, should only be done by a licensed Veterinarian, and this procedure is done with sedation. I would not have it done without sedation. If your equine dentist recommends no sedation he or she is most likely not a veterinarian, as administering sedation can only be done by a vet. While dentistry on a horse is expensive, a dental problem can be about 10x more.
    02-10-2012, 06:03 PM
My horse has had it done both ways, and I much prefer w/o sedation. If you have the opportunity to do it w/o I suggest trying. My vet uses it, but the dentist does not, he is not licensed to sedate. As long as your horse will stand still I would definitely do floating W/O sedation.
    02-10-2012, 07:19 PM
Green Broke
If my horses get a manual float they do not get sedated, nor do any of them need a twitch. All four of them stand politely with just a halter and lead rope. They aren't happy but they don't offer to fight either.

I was fortunate in the early days of all their training, to have a vet willing to take the time to work with them, sans the twitch because I wasn't allowing it I also did a lot of fussing with their mouths in-between dental visits, and still do.

If the power tools have to come out, they get sedated. Sedation is the safest thing for everyone involved in case the horse would jerk.
    02-10-2012, 07:36 PM
My horse doesn't need it when they are just trimming with the file. But when they start getting out the motorized tools, he needs two doses of sedation, lol.
    02-10-2012, 07:56 PM
My horse need sadation to float their teeth if just the hand file their fine. If the power float is used sadation is a for sure thing. My gelding flips out about the noise of it he's also horrible to clip his bridle path.
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    02-10-2012, 08:06 PM
OMG my horse is dreadful, he has to sedated and pretty much held in place and he still fights the whole time....and he's a big boy 16.3 and over 1100 lbs. He is so well mannered for just about anything but I know the vet dreads it when it comes to doing his teeth. Some of the horses at my barn don't need sedation.

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