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post #1 of 18 Old 06-15-2011, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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How often do teeth need to be floated?

Exactly as the title says. I've been thinking about this lately, and have realized that my mare's teeth haven't been done since before we got her almost two years ago. She hasn't shown any problem with her teeth or anything, but I'm curious how often you're supposed to get them looked at.



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post #2 of 18 Old 06-15-2011, 09:26 PM
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It depends, but generally they should be checked & need floating yearly at least. Young horse's teeth grow & change more quickly, so 6 monthly may be advisable until around 6yo or so(a good dentist will give you an honest answer) and working horses that wear a bit &/or horses that are fed 'hard feed' may also need their teeth done more frequently than yearly.
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-15-2011, 09:46 PM
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It's a good idea to have them checked every year when your vet is out, but there are many horses that are strictly grass/hay eaters (that have a lot of chew time) rarely need to have them floated.

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I do mine once a year.
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-16-2011, 01:58 PM
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Younger horses should have their teeth done twice a year. Older horses can be done once a year. Sometimes if the horse is not in work you can push it back a little. If your horse hasn't been done in the two years you have owned her, I would def. have someone come out. She may not seem like may not seem like she is having problems with her teeth, but I bet there are some pretty sharp points in her mouth.

OH, and be advised that you shouldn't ride your horse for the rest of the day after she gets her teeth done! (just in case you didnt know)
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Horse specific question.

I would say minimum they should be checked once per year. Some horses wear in a way that doing them every year is not truly necessary. Some horses need to be done two or three times per year.

Have your horses checked/done and discuss it with your vet/dentist what they think about when they should be checked again.
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My vet assesses each of my horses' teeth when she comes out to give spring shots. Some horses need them done several times a year, others once every five years.
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-17-2011, 02:07 PM
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My vet floats my mare's teeth every 2 years. He says she doesn't need it more frequently. But pony every year.

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post #9 of 18 Old 06-17-2011, 10:32 PM
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As others have said - get them checked every year but as for frequency, depends on the horse and what you do with it and feed it. I do mine every second year unless there's an issue or reason to do it early. My mom's mares are out on pasture 24/7, both mares are 12 years old - one has never been floated, the other done last year for the first time and the vet said she wasn't bad at all...

I'd still get them checked every year though. :)

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post #10 of 18 Old 06-23-2011, 01:34 AM
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If i were you id get your horse checked out by a Equine Dentist not a vet, unless your province or state has laws against it. But i just got my horses teeth done yesterday and its amazing how teeth affect the rest of the horses body. Back pain, muscle development... best to get them checked instead of thinking they are ok
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