Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Michigan
A very excellent decision on your part, and in the long run, you'll not regret it! A small price to pay to have your horses' teeth floated rather than tremendous problems/vet bill in the future. What to expect for a normal routine float: most vets do give a mild sedative, and mine does. It doesn't take long at all for it to kick in. My vet does what's called a "hand float" - simply filing by hand with a long handle, and the horse doesn't suffer any discomfort. A routine float only takes a few minutes per horse, then I lead my horses into the shed to stand and rest while the sedative wears off. Within an hour or so, (I'm just describing my experience), my horses are walking around the pasture normally, and begin to nibble their hay as if not much really had occurred. I have this done in the spring with their 4-way vaccine, but only if needed (the float). When my vet makes the trip out here, I make sure he's prepared to do floats if need be that year. My QH doesn't need hers done every year, and I've found that horses can vary in their need. Hope this helps, and good call on your part to get on it! Much better to get on the routine now, rather than the teeth getting out of hand which causes pain for the horse, and an equine dentist to come in. Let us know how it all works out! :)
Last edited by Northernstar; 10-15-2012 at 06:29 PM.