Join Date: May 2009
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I agree and disagree on this one. Yes, oral health is just as important as any other aspect, but to say a horse NEEDS it's teeth floated every year is a bit much. For some horses, once a year is necessary...others, not so much. My mom has 2 11 year old mares that have never had their teeth floated. They've had checkups and seen by a vet a couple times, but if there's no problem, why try to fix it? They're in good weight, happy attitudes, ride fine...that being said, our 5 year old mare had to be floated and have wolf teeth removed when she was 3.
Same as farrier work, some horses need more than others. It's important regardless of how often it's tended to, but to say every horse needs to be floated once a year is inaccurate. Have an equine dentist do a check up a couple years in a row to determine how much wear YOUR horse puts on his teeth.
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