Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Grinding her teeth?
My 18-month-old filly has started to grind her teeth. At least, that's what I'm pretty sure she's doing. Her mouth is moving and this awful grinding sound is emanating from her. The sound makes me cringe, like most people cringe at the nails-on-a-chalkboard sound.
I had talked to my vet several months ago about when she would need to start getting her teeth floated and he told me about 5, and sometimes they have to do some work when they're around 2 for the caps? Is this accurate?
Does anyone know why would she be grinding her teeth? She eats fine, she doesn't drop food, she hasn't lost weight.
I've done all I can to keep her from getting bored. She has two pasture-mates, a traffic cone, a soccer ball, and a jolly ball in the field, as well as some old milk jugs tied up in the run-in and a rope tied the the ceiling of the run-in. She has access to a mineral block, two actually.
I kicked her out of her stall about a week ago, so she is out 24/7. That means she has lost access to her Lik-It because I don't want all three going at it or fighting for it, especially when one of the three isn't mine.
She's been on the same grain for almost a year, and her hay for a few months now. The horse that isn't mine got switched to a mixed hay a few weeks ago, and they all eat breakfast together, so in the morning she is getting access to one flake of alfalfa [that hasn't changed in months], one flake of Orchard [that also hasn't changed], and one flake of 80% Orchard, 20% Alfalfa that the third horse was transferred to a week or two ago.
I'm not sure what, if anything, that I listed is relevant, it's just all I can think of. Any ideas?
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