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post #1 of 3 Old 10-28-2012, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question regarding teeth and teeth floating!

Making an an appointment for Oliver's teeth to get done, I meant to do it this summer and never got the extra money for it but now that I got my old job back a couple weeks ago I can pay in payments at least!

So my question....and this sound sreally careless and dumb for a person who's ridden for over 15 years, owned for over 5 years!

What teeth should not be in the horses mouth? I noticed Oliver has top and bottom small teeth that are not the molars and not the front teeth but singly in-between them....I'm pretty sure these are teeth that shouldn't be there and may be interfering with his bit but has no sore, rubs, not sensitive to the bit, head shy, or anything indcating it's bothering him in any way. He eats fine still but I can tell he needs some of them floated down!

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-29-2012, 12:32 PM
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The pointy ones that are in the space between the incisors (front teeth) and the molars are the canines. Most male horses do have them. The only teeth that "don't belong" are caps which are baby teeth which didn't shed properly as the mature molars grew in and "wolf teeth" that are basically an extra set of premolars (typically on the top arcade first set of teeth) that most vets will pull when they are babies.

Hopefully you have a great vet that is good with dental work. After the speculum is put on, ask to feel around his mouth so you truly get a visual on the condition of his teeth.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-29-2012, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Explains a lot iv only owned mares!
Thank you! Mystery solved! I don't feel like a complete idiot
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