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    01-06-2013, 03:26 PM
How often do you float teeth/vet check/

Just wondering cause I've had my horse a year(he is now 8) and neither have I done yet.
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    01-06-2013, 04:07 PM
Teeth: It sometimes depends on the horse. Ours got theirs done last summer, and before that they didn't get it for like at least 4 years. They didn't need it, so we didn't give them one. I say it depends on the horse.

Vet: We vaccinate our horses ourselves when they need it (for sure every summer.. I can't remember how many times a year though, probably like twice or something... lol) So I am not exactly sure on the vet thing. We've never had a problem, so we have never needed to go....and the nearest vet is an hour away anyways. Lol

Hope it helped a little bit.
    01-06-2013, 04:20 PM
I would have a vet out every year for an annual floating. The vet can tell you if the horse can go longer or needs to be seen more often. I would not just decide "he seems fine, I won't do teeth this year." You aren't a vet, without being able to crank their mouth open and knowing what to do look for, you aren't going to know if they need it or not. Just because your horse isn't *acting* like he's in pain doesn't mean he isn't, and there are many issues that will need routine floats to get under control, even if they aren't particularly "painful."

Shots is entirely up to you. I only give tetanus and I do that myself, but it's just as easy to have shots done at the same time as the teeth floating.

Other than that, unless your horse needs a vet, there's no real reason to have one out more than the float just because. I think it's a good idea to have your vet check out a new horse so they can get familiar with them in normal circumstances, but that's all I can think of.
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    01-06-2013, 04:29 PM
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Teeth: my vet has Lacey on a once every two years schedule. She got done two years ago, checked last year, and she'll be done again in a few months.

Shots: Previously I had done shots every spring. However, this year I'm thinking I might not even get shots done at all due to some new (since last spring) health problem's Lacey's come up with that can be super negatively impacted by any inflammation brought on by shots....and since she's not around any other horses anymore and she's not traveling at all... I need to talk to the vet about it.

I do make sure that Lacey gets a thorough "check-up" sort of visit with the vet at least once a year. Since she is 28, I think it's really important that the vet know where she's at and be at least somewhat familiar with her.
    01-06-2013, 04:56 PM
All mine are "checked" yearly. I have seen equine dentist's that check the older horses every 6 months....
    01-06-2013, 05:02 PM
We have our shots done yearly. We usually don't need the vet out anymore then that. This year was the exception due to all the emergency visits thanks to Rumor.

As far as teeth. I have an 11, 12 and 13 year old and the 12 year old had his teeth lightly floated for the first time ever last year. The others have never had it done. It just depends on the horse I suppose...
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    01-06-2013, 05:02 PM
I got all the shots done including rabies. I just never had his teeth checked or anything else. I have heard some people on here having a vetcheck twice a year, but I don't see the point in that. I never had a PPE done either.
    01-06-2013, 05:03 PM
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Shots.. yearly , Eee Wee,Vee , Tetanus,WNV . I think it is irresponsible to not vaccinate for the encephalitis diseases which are carried by blood suckers.
Floating.. senior horses once a year, some go longer as they have no more tooth left.
If your 8 yr old horse is losing weight, tossing its head a lot, refusing the bit , dribbling feed, then it should have its teeth checked asap.
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    01-06-2013, 05:06 PM
Thankfully he has none of those symptoms so I guess he is ok? I vaccinate with anything my vet recommends.
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    01-06-2013, 05:28 PM
My horses go to the vet once a year and he takes care of everything they need to coggins, vac. Etc.

I am lucky my farrier has went to school to float equine teeth. She is really good at it. So, she checks their teeth every six months and takes care of the ones that need it. It usually depends on the horse. Usually after she floats their teeth they are good for a year or two. My horses are young though.

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