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post #11 of 19 Old 01-13-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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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?

Existentialpony, it's just winter fuzz She has Cushings, which is well managed with diet and Pergolide, but she's always super fuzzy. The hairs on her legs are longer than my fingers in places! She does get a little stocked up in her hinds if she stands around, but she's back to normal after 10 minutes of walking.

Thanks for thinking about Lizzie!
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-13-2013, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the thought out reply, walkinthewalk. Lizzie's breath is as sweet as any horse... love that smell :)
Do you think I should get another dentist or the vet out? I used the dentist that has seen Liz the last 2 times and he's well recommended by the vet.

I can't resist posting pictures of her! Liz prefers to be the one giving kisses... she learned that trick in about 10 minutes!
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-13-2013, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by aliliz View Post
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

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-13-2013, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Absolutely, thank you. Liz doesn't do well on alfalfa... she gets out of her mind hyper. If the quidding gets worse, I'll talk to the BO about chopped hay or timothy pellets. I don't know if she'll eat them wet, though, and I know they can cause a choking risk when dry.

I also know an Arab with terrible teeth... he only has about 4 grinding teeth left. He'll be 27 in May :)

Thanks again!
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-13-2013, 11:05 PM
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I don't have any suggestions but I wanted to say that Lizzie is beautiful.

I like to read the threads about the older horses because I have an aging girl that will be 27 soon and so far she still has a mouth full of teeth and holding her own. She is the alpha in my herd.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-14-2013, 09:08 PM
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My 23 year old cushing boy isn't qudding but isn't overly fond of this years course hay. Dentist was out a monthly ago and his mouth is in great shape but she thought he might have some arthritis in his jaw. I've added plain beet pulp and going to add hay pellets soon too.
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post #17 of 19 Old 01-14-2013, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hm, that's an interesting idea, Tiamo. Liz has arthritis in her back and her hind legs. The hay she's getting is extremely soft and fine, though. And she doesn't have any trouble with crunchy treats or her bit. Thanks for the response and good luck with your boy!
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-19-2013, 09:46 PM
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Awwww, the joys of having an oldie. I have a Tennessee Walker that turns 31 this year. He has 3 teeth left and they are worn smooth with his gums. There wasn't much for my vet to do when she came out to float teeth last May. He tries so hard to enjoy his hay right now, but I really don't consider it part of his diet anymore. I load him up on beet pulp along with his senior feed. When the pasture is good, he doesn't even mess with hay but over the last few weeks, the fields don't have much to offer so he tries hay and want to enjoy it so bad but yes, there's a lot of quidding. I love your pictures, especially the one of you loping her. She's a very pretty girl and looks very loved. :)
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-19-2013, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Love the oldies, but boy, do they know how to cause some stress! I talked to the vet yesterday because the quidding has gotten worse in the last week or so. My BO also told me that she heard Lizzie grinding her teeth the other day, which is not something she's ever done before. So I'm looking into other options... Liz won't eat anything soaked, so I think I'm going to offer her some chopped hay (Dengi) and let her pick through the hay for what she wants. She's also now bored with her grain, so I'm checking out some other low NSC grains to mix with it. She's a pain! Thanks for sharing your experience, mammakatja, and for the compliments to me and my old lady!
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