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  • Recovery time wolf teeth extraction
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    05-15-2012, 06:03 AM
Smile New member- wolf teeth

Good evening!
First of all I would like to apologise if this thread is in the wrong catagory, I have no idea what I am doing, but I will get there! Secondly, what an awsome forum, I can't believe it has taken me so many years to stumble upon this

I am posting because I am about to get my mare back off of a family member, she is an Anglo Arab, 13 years old and I first got her 11 years ago. I helped to break her in when she was a little over 2. I am now getting her back after 4 years of on and off riding and re-training.

To get to the point, I have been told that the vet discovered some wolf teeth (weird that they didnt pick them up in the last 12-13 years?), but that they are on the bottom jaw? Forgive my ignorance on this, I don't really know much about wolf teeth, I have always left it up to the vet.

Basically, these teeth were causing her quite a bit of pain and discomfort which resulted in her constantly tossing her head (smacking me in the face a fair few times!), and rearing if she was ridden in a bit. She would rear and jump backwards to evade the bit, which, knowing what I know now, makes complete sense.

Is it normal for wolf teeth to present themselves after so many years? And is it common for them to be on the bottom jaw?

I am currently waiting to hear back from the vet who last floated her teeth, to find out if this is a more complex surgery than just removing wolf teeth, and what kind of recovery time I could be looking at for her. I am also on the waiting list to have her re-trained, but im not sure if this will even be necessary after she has had her teeth removed. Normally, I would work through the behavioural issues, but the last time I rode her I was genuinly scared, and as it has been so long since she has been in work or training I don't want to take any backward steps by doing it all wrong. With young children its hard to ride a horse that you don't trust 100% (not her fault I know) as the thought of falling and being seriously injured or worse is very frightening!

Im sorry for babbling, and please let me know if this is in the wrong place or if it is too long?

Thankyou for having me !
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    05-15-2012, 08:04 AM
Welcome to the Forum! I moved your thread to "Health" as there is a better chance to get responses there.

Both my mares had wolf teeth, but the vet detected them very early (one at 2 yo, other one at 3 yo). So he just pulled them off. I sincerely hope it'll be just an easy procedure for your horse as well!
    05-15-2012, 08:27 AM
Thanks, I hope so too!! :)
    05-15-2012, 10:07 AM
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That's strange that the vet who floated her teeth didn't see them then. They can be on the bottom but it's more rare, even more rare to pop up after so long.
Could it be a cracked tooth or the bridle adjusted too tight causing the problem?
Maybe she would benefit from bitless training for a while.
Please let us know what you find.

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