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    11-20-2009, 06:09 PM
Teeth Float, Horse's mouth sore

Poor Dixie. She had her teeth floated today, they were very bad. It took a lot of work. She's very sore tonight. She did eat her Safe Choice feed ... I soaked it. I put out some soaked alfalfa cubes for her as well and she didn't want them.

I hope she feels better tomorrow, poor dear.

Gandy had her's floated as well and is fine, eating well and acting like nothing happened, but then her's weren't bad.

I don't think Dixie had her's done in a long time.
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    11-20-2009, 06:27 PM
I wouldnt want to eat either. The who floating thing is just not very pleasant!
    11-20-2009, 07:44 PM
As I havent ever had a horses teeth floated due to not owning one long enough mostly monthly loans was wondering what teeth floating means? What happens?
    11-20-2009, 08:16 PM
When they float the horse's teeth, they basically use a big metal file, or float, and file the sharp points off the molars and make the teeth flat again so the horse can eat correctly. Dixie also had a bit of a "wave" mouth which took a bit extra time to get filed correctly.

We had to sedate them both just a tad to take the edge off, but they were pretty much awake and normal as soon as we were done.
    11-20-2009, 08:21 PM
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, we call it rasping over here, that's why I didnt have a clue, ha, thank you for your description it was very good. Hope your horse gets back on form soon and feels better with her perfect teeth
    11-20-2009, 08:23 PM
Yes, rasping is a good way to describe it as well. Thanks. I think Ms. Dixie will be feeling better in the morning.
    11-20-2009, 09:25 PM
I don't think floating should cause a horse to be soar, unless her mouth was open too long or she got some scrapes inside the cheeks from the rasp.
    11-20-2009, 09:27 PM
Yes, that was it. She needed a lot of work done, took awhile.
    11-20-2009, 09:28 PM
I think you would have been better off with two visits if possible. If she had a bad experience she will likely be bad next time she has teeth rasped.

I got TMJ because my dentist kept my mouth open too long.
    11-20-2009, 11:03 PM
Normally you get cuts and such - and when watching it - it is no wonder, so I think, in additional to being sore from being open a long time, I think gum and mouth abrasions occur as well.

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