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    08-25-2010, 10:13 AM
Teeth Float and Wolf tooth removal

Hi Guys,

My gelding had his teeth floated and they removed a wolf tooth on Monday Late afternoon. I went to ride on Tuesday and he was bucking continuesly so I dismounted not so nicely. He normally never does this and it was only as he started walking off from the mounting block. Should I given him more time after the tooth removal? He was tranqualized to have it done as well. Also this might have been his first tooth float and removal.

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    08-25-2010, 10:52 AM
Did you ride him with a bit?
    08-25-2010, 10:57 AM
My vet advised me to wait 72 hours after the dental work to ride because then all the sedation would be gone and most of the tenderness subsided. I'd give him until the weekend to be safe.
    08-25-2010, 11:29 AM
I do ride with a snaffle bit which after researching is probably the worst right after?
    08-25-2010, 11:58 AM
That is likely what caused your problems. Imagine chewing on a pencil right after having a tooth pulled, it would hurt like a son-of-a-gun. I, personally, would give him at least a couple of weeks to heal up before riding him in a bit again. If he rides bitless, great, and if he doesn't, this might be a good time to play around with it.
    08-25-2010, 12:11 PM
Eeeek. Okay. I think I am going to call the dentist that the Barn used. I was not present at the time of his visit and no one mentioned anything when I went to ride last night. They just called and let me know the bill ect.

Thanks for the advice.
    08-25-2010, 12:14 PM
I have never had a problem riding as soon as the sedation has worn off after a typical float.

With an extraction you probably want to wait until the spot heals up. Ouch.

Having just had a tooth removed from my own mouth having a bit hitting it sounds very painful.
    08-25-2010, 12:20 PM
Originally Posted by Amarea    
My vet advised me to wait 72 hours after the dental work to ride because then all the sedation would be gone and most of the tenderness subsided. I'd give him until the weekend to be safe.
72 hours? If it takes that long for the tranq to wear off, the vet did not administer the correct dose.
    08-25-2010, 12:28 PM
Yea, to clarify my above post (which it is too late to edit, sigh). By waiting for the sedation to wear off I mean a couple of hours.
    08-25-2010, 12:46 PM
When my vet pulled my little one's wolf tooth he said to wait about two weeks before I put a bit in her mouth again.

I agree with mls, 72 hours is a LONG time for all the sedation to wear off... and as long as it wasn't the horses first float in ten years, it'll be perfectly fit to ride the next day.

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