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    04-28-2008, 03:40 PM
Floating Teeth....

I was wondering...
How often you should have the teeth floated?
Do they NEED floated?
How old should the horse be?

I wanna pick your brains here... I was reading on another site that some people don't ever have it done unless there are problems, Some that do it regularly, some that only do it on horses older than 9... What do ya'all say?
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    04-28-2008, 03:43 PM
Gem and Vega's teeth getting floated every 6 months-1 year.

I believe they do need to be floated due to how they move their jaw and how it wears away at their teeth.

I think the younger the better. Maybe not to get anything done if they're super young as they probably won't need it, but just to get used to the process, so when the time does come, it won't be a huge deal to them.
    04-28-2008, 04:06 PM
Once a year.
    04-28-2008, 09:39 PM
It depends a lot of your horse's diet.
    04-28-2008, 10:32 PM
Yes, I agree -- it depends on the diet. It also depends on the horse. Your vet should look at your horse's teeth once a year. Best time is probably in the fall (unless you see a need before) -- this is after the horse has had some free grazing time if we're lucky. Free grazing does wonders for teeth. I guess it's the most natural, hence the most helpful. A diet with little grazing will usually mean more dental care. If there is little hay, mostly grain or pellets, etc. then more dental care again. Horse's teeth never stop growing. The growth becomes an issue if the teeth are not evenly worn through the diet or just genetics. Currently, I have two horses: one hasn't had her teeth done since she left the track almost two years ago and has no trouble eating at all. The other just had his teeth done a few months ago when I noticed his eating habits / manners were changing and I had the vet take a peek. He currently has an uncertain future, but if he stays on for the winter, I will have his teeth checked again in the fall. He may be a horse that needs them done annually. Other horses I have known have gone annually, two years, 5 years or never needing their teeth done.

Age isn't *the* determining factor, though obviously an older horse will have more issues overall. A dental check-up when the vet it out anyway is your best medicine.
    04-29-2008, 10:20 AM
We have ours checked every year at their annual vet visit. If the vet says they need it they get it done. We had them done last year. He was out last week and said they really didn't need it, but we are spreading our vaccinations our over a 2 week time frame (complications last year). We decided to go ahead and take them in for just a light filing since they need one more visit anyway.
An old cowboy told me to feed them a handfull of corn every day to keep the teeth in shape. I do that, so maybe that's why they are in good shape this year
    04-29-2008, 08:20 PM
My horses are always free graze and get sweet feed every nite. They haven't shown any eating problems and I don't know if they have ever been done. Guess when we have the vet out we'll have him take a look.
    04-29-2008, 08:50 PM
Ok, we had the mares done this morning and I asked our vet when you should start floating teeth. He said around 2 if that's when they are started under saddle. Guess when you start putting a bit in their mouth.
    04-30-2008, 12:28 AM
The first thing I think when I hear "horses teeth need to be floated every 6 months/year or that people force their horses to live in stalls almost 24/7, or that... I could go on and on" is that it is ridiculous to think that horses need all of the things that people are convinced they do to live. People actually try to teach horses how to be horses.

But then, humans have so altered the way horses live and what they are exposed and put through, their diet being the perfect example, that it makes sense that they to try to compensate.

Just my thoughts. I have absolutely nothing against floating, I don't do it, but if I had a hosre that the vet said would benefit from it, I would in a heartbeat.

What I do hate, and hate with a passion, is the horses(not the actual horses, but the fact that it's happening) that are not allowed to be horses. The horses who are kept in stalls 24/7, that are fed ultra concentrated feed and are on a strict regimen of conditioning etc, whose life is a regimen with intermittent exercise and shows consisting of moving in complex patterns and forms in a square/round fence. That, to me, is an unthinkable crime.

And people say "My horse truly loves going to shows, doing whatever their lives center around."

But like in factory farms, where, say, chickens are raised in a dark warehouse with thousands of other chickens where the very floor they walk on burns their skin, you could say that love their once-a-week trip to a 2 sq foot pen outside. Of course they love it.
(I know, I went pretty overboard, I absolutely am not comparing certain owners to factory farms, sorry! But the analogy is correct, even if it's extreme).

I"M SO SORRY FOR THE RANT! I don't ever do this, I got carried away, this is more like something for it's own topic, and I'm not trying to instigate trouble or cause a fight, it's just what I feel.
    04-30-2008, 12:35 AM
My new horse, Isabell... her teeth need to be badly floated, half of her food falls out of her mouth! Most of the people I know only float their horses teeth as needed.

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