Originally Posted by aliliz
The dentist said no loose teeth. What would be the cause of a bad tooth? And is there anything I could do to improve that?
Nothing you have done wrong.
My Arab was 7 when I rescued him, starving. By the time he was 25 he had four molars missing
He is not the same horse as in my post above
Things just happen and, as with people, some elder horses develop decay issues while other do not
There are others on this forum with horses in their late 20's/early 30's that have very few teeth.
I feed my two mid-20's fellas a lot more timothy pellets than the other horses get, to try and make sure they have plenty of roughage going thru them. I always wet the pellets right when I feed them as putting a lot of moisture thru the digestive tract is important
For horses this age, alfalfa pellets are also great
Whatever route forage feeding route you take, be sure to check her nostril and breath odor weekly for any sour or infected smells. Believe me, it's not hard to miss
Not saying anything is wrong, just saying IF something is wrong in that way, the sooner it's caught the better