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    02-24-2010, 12:14 PM
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How important is it to get your horses teeth floated?

How important is it to get a horses teeth floated? or other dental things done?
     
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    02-24-2010, 12:42 PM
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Yearling
I think it's very important. For starters oral health can effect how they eat and if they are breaking the food down so it can be properly digested. Second putting a bit in a mouth that is unsuitable to carry one seems mean. I would hate to be knocked in the teeth by a metal bar when I was trying to exercise. You wouldn't let your horse walk around on cracked or abscessed feet right? I know very little about teeth I rather not gamble with not having them taken care of by someone who can address or prevent little things from becoming big problems.
     
    02-24-2010, 12:42 PM
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Yearling
I would say this is every bit as important as having the farrier out on schedule. When floating isn't done annually (or more often if needed), horses can experience major chewing problems, pain, trouble with the bit, weight loss, and can experience dental issues such as infections. A horse's teeth continue to grow throughout their lifetime. They must be filed down on a regular basis to ensure level teeth that will function properly.
     
    02-24-2010, 02:34 PM
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Yearling
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.
     
    02-24-2010, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by White Foot    
How important is it to get a horses teeth floated? or other dental things done?
How important is it to have a comfortable horse that is not in pain?

In nature, the hard roughage would help keep teeth under some control. The soft high nutrient feeds we give them does not do this for them.
     
    02-24-2010, 03:22 PM
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Interesting.. I ask this because I've had my horses teeth done around 5 times their whole life. And everytime it's done the vet tells me that I didn't need it because they were in great shape.
     
    02-24-2010, 03:26 PM
  #7
mls
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Originally Posted by White Foot    
Interesting.. I ask this because I've had my horses teeth done around 5 times their whole life. And everytime it's done the vet tells me that I didn't need it because they were in great shape.
Very possible you have a minimum maintenance- however you ARE having them checked.

We have ours checked annually when the coggins is drawn. One horse requires dental work every year but the rest have a power float once every few years.
     
    02-24-2010, 03:33 PM
  #8
Yearling
It doesn't take much for a tooth to get out of alignment. If that happens, the tooth that is above or below will grow with a "hook" creating a sharp edge that makes proper chewing extremely difficult. It's not an exam that I'd want to skip. This article briefly describes some of the issues that can be created by skipping dentals... The Horse's Mouth: A look at Equine Dental Problems
     
    02-24-2010, 03:41 PM
  #9
Trained
I would check their teeth at least once a year, twice if they are young or old
     
    02-24-2010, 04:05 PM
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Thanks everyone, I will be sure to get them checked out at the next visit. I just never hear people talk about it.
     

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