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    11-07-2013, 07:21 PM
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My mare has the same thing. All the vets out here do the main floating and a front teeth reduction. But I don't have the $ for a front teeth reduction. It dose not seem to bother her. She is an easy keeper and has not had any mouth issues (she is a baby about things so I would be the first to know -_-')
     
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    11-07-2013, 07:36 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Some horses need floated more often than others. When I first got Cinny I had to float him 3 times the first year! He is a nervous grinder though. Now that I have fixed most of the issues causing the teeth grinding (ulcers, mag deficiency, lack of confidence, etc) we are down to once a year. My old horse only needed done every couple of years.

I would stop thinking about what was or wasn't done in the past because it's a moot point right now and focus on what needs done now. Get a dentist out now, and I would stop riding with a bit until it's done. If the hooks are inward, you could cause a lot of damage to the tongue.
     
    11-07-2013, 08:19 PM
  #13
Yearling
Actually, THAT hook on the corner tooth is normal although a little larger than usual ;) Horses get them typically at about age 7 11 15 etc etc as the tooth angle changes. You will often hear it called the 7 11 hook in relation to aging a horse by its teeth.

It "Could" be causing a problem but if you have ridden her previously to this successfully (since you have had her only 2 months) , id be looking elsewhere for problems such as back molars, saddle fitting issues which would be my top guess, bitting issues such as a low palette being jabbed by a single snaffle link or so forth. This hook did not form overnight.

An example of an 11 year old hook. http://www.saddleupnebraska.com/wp-c...2/teeth017.jpg
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    11-07-2013, 08:25 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Also remember that this horse has arthritis. And if you are repetitively making her do small circles, that may also be the problem. Those hooks could be bothering her too. Best to have a GOOD dentist look at her.
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    11-07-2013, 08:27 PM
  #15
Yearling
Ahhh ....arthritis also would be a biggie. Its winter and the cold can really aggravate arthritis. I know firsthand! LOL
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    11-07-2013, 08:37 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I don't know you or the horse, but do you know what you are doing, does she know what she is supposed to be doing, and does she know what you want?
Aside from the tooth this could just be a training thing.
     
    11-08-2013, 10:57 AM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
Actually, THAT hook on the corner tooth is normal although a little larger than usual ;) Horses get them typically at about age 7 11 15 etc etc as the tooth angle changes. You will often hear it called the 7 11 hook in relation to aging a horse by its teeth.

It "Could" be causing a problem but if you have ridden her previously to this successfully (since you have had her only 2 months) , id be looking elsewhere for problems such as back molars, saddle fitting issues which would be my top guess, bitting issues such as a low palette being jabbed by a single snaffle link or so forth. This hook did not form overnight.

An example of an 11 year old hook. http://www.saddleupnebraska.com/wp-c...2/teeth017.jpg
I have never seen a horse with hooks like that. Of all of the horses I have looked at in the mouth, their teeth never had a slight hook. It was sharp, and completely unacceptable to me. I am working on getting a dentist out, but we just had to pay a vet bill for 4 horses She'll be working in a rope halter until her teeth are done. I've been using one of the myler ported bits, the very small ones. I believe it is the one that is legal for dressage. She does have a low palette, so I stayed away from the jointed snaffles.

When it comes to the saddle, she acted fine in it until I started asking for turns, where I think is when the bit would bother her.
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