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post #1 of 8 Old 02-23-2007, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Nees to know about a foal teeth???

I have a 8 month colt . Who is in bad shape I've had him amonth today. He has put on weight on and been wormed twice. But I noticed two days ago alot of his grain was falling out of his mouth. He acts like it hurts to chew but then he can eat hay just fine. This little one has been thought it . I'm trying my best to do everything i can for him. Anyone who could help or might know what the problem is. It would be a blessing to me and this wonderful colt. Who is truely a frighter.
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-23-2007, 03:10 PM
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8 months is right around when his last set of baby teeth come in so he's teething. The grain he is probably getting it too hard for his gums to handle. You don't say what you're feeding grain wise but you might consider soaking it in some water so it forms a mush. However thinks still in their husks like oats will still be pretty tough so you might to consider switching him onto something different at least temporarily.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-23-2007, 03:20 PM
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I forgot to mention that one of the reasons hay is probably easier is that it has long stems so he can work it back to his molar's with his tongue. Hay is ground by his molars. Grain on the other hand would be hard to move with your tongue and would fall out the side of the mouth.

I'm not a dentist or a vet but this should pass as his teeth come in you should be able tos ee them if he'll let you. Its the corner teeth that are coming in right at the front before the gap where there are no teeth where the bit sits. I'm afriad I don't know how long they take to come in but someone here who breed will I'm sure. They may also have other tricks up their sleeves that have helped their babies.
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-23-2007, 03:39 PM
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8 months is right around when his last set of baby teeth come in so he's teething. The grain he is probably getting it too hard for his gums to handle. You don't say what you're feeding grain wise but you might consider soaking it in some water so it forms a mush. However thinks still in their husks like oats will still be pretty tough so you might to consider switching him onto something different at least temporarily.

just to make sure you caught this..if you do swich the grain do if slowly, like add a little of the new stuff 4 the first week, then a little more on the 2 week and so on and so on...it's very hard on horses digestives system and is not good......^^^i agree with everting turdor rose said
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-25-2007, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for everyones information. He does seem to be eating better . I watched him for two days and he's not loosing as much grain as before. Maybe his teeth came in. I am feeding him platforms mare and foal. I thought that would be best to put weight on him. I did want to ask also about bare spots on his back chest and butt. He is bitting his back and rubbing his chest and butt. I can't seem to fix this problem . But I feel that he will be as good as new once we get all his problems under control.
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-26-2007, 03:08 AM
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If you are really worried get a dentist in to check his teeth just in case. It's better to be safe than sorry!! But it probably is just teeth coming in.

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-27-2007, 05:14 PM
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If he is itchy especially around his but he might have worms. have you wormed him? Even if you have he might need doing again. I would consult a vet about what the best worming schedule is for him as young horses have different worming needs than older ones.

Besides that he might have a skin condition like lice or a fungus. What do the patches he is running look like. Tea Tree oil is soothing and baby oil works too. If his diet has been poor he might have dry skin and just be itchy. Baby oil would help relieve that along with a good rubber curry combing. Good way to become his buddy too, a good scratchy groom.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-28-2007, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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I have wormed him with safeguard twiced. I plan on worming him again with a stronger wormer now that i know his system can handle it. He is being fed platforms mare and foal. with all the hay and water he wants . i will try the baby oil and see i it works thanks
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