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post #1 of 10 Old 09-22-2012, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question Teeth Floating?

Okay so my gelding is having troubles eating, its been going on for a few days and I wanted to know what you think. When he eats all is good until he starts chewing then he globs it up and spits it out in big slobbery mouthfuls. But at the same time he only does it about twice every feeding, so he is eating his hay. Right now I feed his grain and hay. I made him beetpulp for the morning because it is so soft. Anyways my question is, does he need his teeth to be floated? Or does he just have a thorn in his mouth? Im not sure how often I should get their teeth done but I've had him for a couple years and nothing has been wrong until now. He is not loosing any weight. Comments appreciated! Thanks

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-23-2012, 12:25 AM
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Sounds like he needs his teeth floating. I have my horses teeth done every year.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-23-2012, 12:32 AM
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I agree with AlexS. It sounds like he needs his teeth floated. It couldn't hurt to have the vet out anyway, just to check. I've always had them done once a year.

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post #4 of 10 Old 09-23-2012, 12:41 AM
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Definitely sounds like his teeth need to be floated. As a rule, I've always heard youngsters should have their teeth done every 6 months (until about 5) and then once a year thereafter. Once they hit senior age they should be done twice a year again. Obviously not every horse is the same, and most can go longer without a huge problem, but it's definitely important to check out their teeth regularly. Sometimes they can have serious problems without being symptomatic. We have a thoroughbred gelding at the barn I manage who has had two of his top incisors rot almost completely away. We had no idea until we lifted his lip to show a group of girl scouts his tattoo as he was still eating fine and not dropping weight... Lesson learned! But yeah, when they start dropping feed it's definitely floating time!

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post #5 of 10 Old 09-23-2012, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I will phone the vet tomorrow.

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post #6 of 10 Old 09-23-2012, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know how much it costs?

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post #7 of 10 Old 09-23-2012, 12:37 PM
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depends on your area and if your vet will hand float or power float and if the horse has to be sedated..

Around here it runs anywhere from $85 - $125.
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-23-2012, 12:47 PM
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I agree. Sounds like he needs his teeth floated, good to know that your getting the vet out. There is probably just some sharp points and your horse will be feeling great in no time.

I get my horses teeth done every 10 - 12 months, if I notice him needing it done before then, I Wl get the vet out. Better to be safe than sorry. With young horses though, it is recommended every six months.

Cost - as said above, depends on the area and the vet. Here we pay around $110, which includes basic sedation. In some cases, the horse may need more sedation and will cost more. Best to ask the vet when you ring up, just to be prepared.

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post #9 of 10 Old 09-23-2012, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks. He is 24

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-23-2012, 04:07 PM
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For future reference, it's a good time to have the teeth checked annually.
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