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post #1 of 8 Old 11-03-2008, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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What ever it is, is it too much for my new retired tx criminal justine (prison gaurd) horse she is 23 and I have heard both sides yes and no, any suggestion would be greatly appreciated...
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-03-2008, 05:55 PM
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Having your horse's teeth floated is basically rasping down the sharp points on the teeth that develop over time. It would not hurt to have an equine tooth guy(and vets can as well) look at her. If you lived in KY I'd send you the number of our guy. Every horse that comes to our barn that is one of the first things we do to them.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-03-2008, 06:46 PM
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actually it's recommended for horses every year or so (and sometimes more often). It will help your horse chew better, and should lead to a better body condition if she's dropping weight/has a poor coat.

a vet or equine dentist can tell you if she needs it done or not.

btw - 23 isn't old!

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Yeah, it files their teeth (which is a good thing, because it helps them eat better/chew better). ;) At least once or twice a year is preferrable to get them floated.

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-03-2008, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by ddewey View Post
What ever it is, is it too much for my new retired tx criminal justine (prison gaurd) horse she is 23 and I have heard both sides yes and no, any suggestion would be greatly appreciated...
Definately have her teeth looked at. I had my appy's done last spring and he's 29... He only had them done once before about 10 yrs ago.

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-03-2008, 09:30 PM
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No, it is not too much for your horse and is in fact even more important in senior horses who tend to have more issues with fractured or missing teeth and uneven wear. Your horse should have her teeth checked every 6 months or at the very least yearly.


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post #7 of 8 Old 11-04-2008, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your comments, I am totally green to the horse world and will have more questions in the future I am so happy to have found this site. Most people have questioned me on buying "such an old horse". But from the info at the prison where she worked they take really good care of the horses.
Thanks again
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-04-2008, 11:03 AM
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I bought my horse first at 20 and everyone was like "ooh he's so old, he's a wonderful horse but you wont have him for long.." Well I still have him and he's almost 29. The best thing I ever did! He taught me so much. Nice way to get into riding.

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