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        04-30-2008, 04:44 AM
    Thats ok wildfeathers. A little off topic but...
    I just leave it up to the vet too. I know some folks like to have it done every year.
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        04-30-2008, 12:39 PM
    Maybe I should re-phrase what I wrote. We get them checked very 6 months to a year to see how everything is going.

    Vega had her teeth floated in october because she was having a lot of problems with the bit, head tossing, and eating. We got the vet out there and they needed to be done.

    It's just like going to a dentist I feel.

    Wildfeathers, I understand what you mean. Horses are meant to be horses and not to be humanized, but they are and that just messes them up.
        04-30-2008, 01:41 PM
    I only get my horses teeth done as they need it. It's a good idea to have them checked when you start riding then.
        04-30-2008, 01:58 PM
    I'm probably in the minority but I think the relatively new requirement of floating every 6 months to a year is a overblown. I really does depend on your horse, his age, his diet, and his teeth. I have two geldings in their 20s--they didn't have their teeth floated until their late teens and they are still in excellent health. One of them doesn't drop a bit of whole oats, and the vet said he doesn't even need floating.. On the other hand, I have an 8 year old mare that grinds her teeth when she eats and drops feed all over the place; she's in great shape, but I have hers done more often. I have a 12-year old stallion who drops feed; I had the dentist come, and he floated his teeth, but he noted the reason he drops grain in because one of his teeth grew in wrong, and there's a gap. It would need surgery.

    All I'm saying is that floating is expensive, and if your horse ends up with big "hooks" on the side of his teeth and really has trouble eating, then it's a problem. Otherwise, be careful how you spend your money.
        05-01-2008, 10:20 AM
    Thanks everyone!
        05-02-2008, 09:43 PM
    I'm with WildFeathers (and others). We have never had to float our 3 Paint mares and follow a 'keep it simple' philosophy. Free choice hay and only one cup of grain a day (and perhaps an apple for a treat every once in a while when they visit the grocery store). Nothing fancy for them and they are all healthy, have never had colic, fun to be around, and great to ride on the trail or the road.
        05-02-2008, 10:41 PM
    Once every year or two... just whenever my horses start dropping feed...
        05-02-2008, 10:50 PM
    When the vet comes out to do shots we have him check all of the horses' teeth. And only the horse's that need their teeth floated get there teeth done.

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