Help please. Yearling Spitting out hay. (Quidding)

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Help please. Yearling Spitting out hay. (Quidding)

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    11-22-2009, 10:23 PM
Exclamation Help please. Yearling Spitting out hay. (Quidding)

Just brought home a 14 month old filly yesterday. She is quidding (spitting out balls of hay), and I am trying to figure out why. We did the grain test, she isn't spilling grain. I know typically horses don't start dental work until after 2 years of age. Could a yearling need her teeth floated?

One other thing I thought of... The people we got her from were feeding a pretty poor grade hay, (like cattle feed) we have orchard hay. Could the change of hay cause her to do this? Maybe a taste preference issue?
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    11-23-2009, 01:02 AM
Is she actually chewing it and then spitting it out? OR is she just picking it up and dropping it back out of her mouth?
Maybe have someone take a quick look at her teeth to make sure that everything is developing correctly.
Have you tried her on a different hay? Or possibly the same hay she was being fed on to see if she does the same thing?
Asked her previous owners?
Hope you can figure it out soon :)
    11-23-2009, 07:30 AM
Is the horse macerating a ball of hay about the size of your fist and then spitting it back out? I have only seen this problem in old horses - 20+ years old that had some missing teeth. You might want the teeth checked.
    11-23-2009, 08:49 AM
Have her teeth checked. Also, she may be losing her baby teeth which is causing her some discomfort.

I've only seen this in old horses as well
    11-23-2009, 10:57 AM
Horses do not need dental work until they are two? Who told you that?

Have the poor things teeth checked. It might just be that there is a loose cap in there. It might be the young thing with a short attention span drops globs when he/she gets distracted or it might actually have something going on that needs attention.
    11-30-2009, 01:26 PM
Thank you everyone! I thought for sure it was the teeth. She was actually chewing the orchard grass, rolling it into a ball, and spitting it out.
We tried one last thing before we called the vet, we switched her to Timothy. No more spitting! Weird, I thought the orchard grass would be closer to the cattle hay she was eating, but it worked!
    11-30-2009, 01:37 PM
Horses do not need dental work until they are two? Who told you that?
My equine dentist told me this as well. He said he likes to wait till the baby teeth are out and they arent quite bridled yet. He's certified, and been taking care of teeth longer than I've been alive. Of course he said to call if I notice anything odd.
    11-30-2009, 04:02 PM
Im glad she stopped spitting :)
    01-17-2010, 10:13 PM
First off she wont be losing caps until after the age of 2 so typically horses that are under the age of 2 don't need their teeth checked. A good rule of thumb don't touch the teeth until 2 weeks before a bit is put in the mouth or the age of 2 otherwise you wasting your money.
On the other hand since your horse is having a problem that typically is caused by a tooth problem get her checked out she might have a twisted tooth or chipped or broken tooth.
If you need a recommendation on a good equine dentist I know a great one.
    01-18-2010, 11:01 AM

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