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post #1 of 10 Old 12-09-2010, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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Should I get her teeth done?

Starting about a month ago, my horse is resisting the bridle when I try to put it on. She is throwing her head up in the air, moving it side to side whenever I try to put the bit in her mouth.

We had the vet check her teeth this last spring. He said she looked fine and might need them done this fall though.

I'm thinking she might need her teeth done, seeing as the vet told us that she would probably need it done in fall. But, he charges $60 just to come out, and $80 to look in her mouth and see if they need to be done.

I was going to wait until spring, but if there is a problem now, I should get it done soon.

I was wondering though, is there anyway for me to see if there is a problem with her teeth? I don't want to pay the $140 just for him to come out and tell me they don't need to be done.

Also, I think she last got them done Spring 2009 with her old owners.

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-09-2010, 02:22 AM
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Well it depends on the horse. My horse hasn't had her teeth floated since I got her(a year now)...the vet came out and said they don't need to be done so I guess I'm lucky on that. Some horses need their teeth done more than others.
Is your bit uneven? I found out mine was and she stopped the head tossing and refusing the bit. Does she digest her food well? Does she drop a lot of food?
I think you should PROBABLY have the vet out if he said they might need it done in the fall. You don't want them to get too bad where they cause lacerations and infections(those are severe cases).
You would need to open up your horses mouth and examine for sharp points,waves,etc but that could be impossible for you if you have not studied teeth.
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Is your bit uneven? I found out mine was and she stopped the head tossing and refusing the bit. Does she digest her food well? Does she drop a lot of food?
Her bit is even, it was when I first used it, but I fixed it. She does drop a lot of her grain when I feed it to her, she ends up eating it off the ground.

I'm thinking I should have him out, seeing as she does fly her grain everywhere and she is refusing the bit.
Seeing as she hasn't had it done in a year and a half, it is reaching the limit as it is.
The problem is that I don't have much extra money at the moment and it is going to cost me about $400.
Hmm.. actually I could maybe trailer her to the vet... that saves $60 just for that.

Thanks! I will think about it for a few days, and book a time for either before xmas, or sometime in the early new year :)

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-09-2010, 02:40 AM
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$400 to float? Thats ridculous.Our's charges $75 I believe and $30 for the call.

Why so much?
Does you vet let you make payments?
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-09-2010, 03:19 AM
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Huh he charges $60 to come out, $80 to assess it, so with a final bill of $400, he must be at $260 to do the teeth?

That's insane, I pay about $100 for an equine dentist, not a vet, so look for someone new. And I would say your horse is over due.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-09-2010, 04:10 AM
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I agree... she probably needs them done, and you need to call someone else! That is beyond outrageous!!!! There's a guy that comes down from KY to do all the big barns around here... and I can take my horse to our friends big training barn and get the $50 price (since there are so many, he gives a discount). And this guy is good, he does teeth at the racetracks in KY. Granted, that is a discounted rate and doesn't include anything beyond a basic float. But you can certainly find someone cheaper than $400. I am seriously shocked at those prices... $80 to just look at him??
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-09-2010, 08:42 AM
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She may have a wolf tooth that needs to be pulled. I would definitely have her teeth done. Sharp points can cause small ulcerations in her mouth, which can make eating painful, and even wearing a halter uncomfortable.

My vet charges $45 for a farm call and $125 for floating. That includes sedation and the use of various power tools. He usually spends 30-45 minutes doing their teeth. If it comes up on 50 minutes and there's still more to be done, he'll stop and schedule another apointment. He doesn't like to make drastic changes to their mouth all at once.

$400 is outragous. I agree, call around and find another vet. I would only have a VET do it though. I don't trust an equine dentist that hasn't been through vet school. In Arkansas (and most other states) only a vet is allowed to sedate your horse, and IMO dental work without sedation is cruel to the horse.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-09-2010, 09:07 AM
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How old is she? As stated above every horse is different as to how often they need floated, but IME the younger they are the more you need to stay on top of it because they can get impacted caps, points that cause pain, etc... A friend of mine had a 3 yr old gelding that was awful to get a bit on and tossed his head constantly. She had his mouth looked at and they found out his entire jaw was misaligned. Obviously shes been looked at and doesn't have that issue, but mouth issues can sneak up on you. And it's asinine to pay that much! I pay $50 with the multiple discount at the farm, but it would still only be $75-100 without it and that includes taking care of impacted caps!
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-09-2010, 09:16 AM
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wow! i live in california and my vet doesn't even charge $400 for teeth floating. that is just plain crazy people are paying him that amount!
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-09-2010, 10:07 AM
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$400.00 does seem to be a bit much. Regardless, whether you have someone else do it or not, I would still have it done. Trust me, you don't want to deal with the bills should her teeth become impacted or infected. I have personally had to deal with this with my mother’s horse. She had bought him with horrible teeth, but showed no signs until it was too late and he ended up with a horrible sinus infection. I took care of him personally. After a month of 2 types of anti-biotics, several trips to the equine hospital and doing manual sinus cavity drains twice daily he finally cleared up. The dentist that took care of his teeth, did it with me present and explained everything that was wrong with his teeth – they were absolutely horrible. He had to do an entire re-alignment as opposed to a typical float. Poor guy ended up having to "re-learn" how to chew with his new teeth. Anyway, my point is, get her checked regardless, it can save a lot of pain, money and time in the long run.

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