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post #1 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Does it sound like her teeth need to be floated?

What are some signs that teeth need to be floated?

My mare is eating way slower than normal (usually a vacuum lol), pushing her hay around, dropping her supplement on the ground as she chews it and I found some half chewed up wet hay on the ground. Also she went from her usual calm relaxed happy personality to super worried and high strung the past few days. This is not like her even when she's in heat or naughty or anything the only time she's acted so worried and like she's had 20 energy drinks lol is when she's in pain. It's almost like she feels like she's more vulnerable to a predator and is there for on the look out and must be ready to run at any moment! lol

Does any of this indicate teeth needed to be done?

She is 4 and has never had her teeth done before...last year I had the vet out who said they were ok and probably wouldnt need to be done till the end of this summer but she could be developing faster right? She has just had a growth spurt both height and quite a bit of width too lol
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 07:24 PM
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Yes, the teeth need to be checked, sometimes when the young ones shed the baby teeth, they can retain "caps" and those get hooked & pointy pretty quick.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 07:25 PM
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I second waresbear, she definitely sounds like she needs her teeth done
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 08:06 PM
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Sounds like the vet isn't exactly up-to-date on current recommended dental practices, either....

It's generally recommended that young horses get their teeth done (or at least examined) every six months until about the age of five. Then annual examinations are still the norm. All lot of people (and vets) don't do this, but that doesn't mean it's not important....

I'd almost want to shop around for a more highly recommended equine vet who is mroe experienced in dentistry when it comes to getting her teeth floated.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-08-2011, 04:46 PM
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I agree with Bubba.. I bought my gelding when he was 2. The first thing I did was make an appointment with the vet and dentist. Our dentist has been coming and checking his teeth every 6 months til this year, he is going to be 7. The dentist told us this year we could wait to have him out until next summer.
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