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post #1 of 9 Old 05-20-2012, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Mouth and teeth

How do you know if your horse's mouth or teeth are sore or have problems?
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-20-2012, 02:57 PM
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Well, they will typically let you know by dropping alot of food when eating, or not finishing their food.
And while being ridden, they will grind their teeth. When you apply pressure on the bit they might toss their head, flatten ears, or full out refuse to do anything. I've seen one horse with an abcess in the mouth buck and rear when being ridden.
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When I apply pressure to the bit he usually tosses his head and resists. And when I back him up he gapes his mouth open.
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Mine was tossing his head and throwing fits while wearing a bit. Also dropping grain. Got the vet to check him out.. I guess that's how to know for sure. He drugged him, cranked his mouth open, and let me feel his teeth before and after the float. I had my hand in there all the way up to his eyeball :)
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Was the horse better after that?
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Yeah. He was. Sorry I forgot to add that! Yeah he quit flinging his head @ bit pressure
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We're having the vet out here tomorrow and I definately want her to look at my horse.
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He sounds like he needs his teeth done for sure. The problem will likely disappear afterwards. Regular horses need their teeth done about once a year.
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If it's been more than a couple years since the teeth were done and the head tossing is a recent development, odds are there are some some sharp edges in there causing pain. Getting teeth floated yearly is pretty common, though some horses will need it done more or less frequently.

If the teeth check out OK, have the vet also look at eyes and ears, and if all those are OK, then re-evaluate bit type and size.
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