Teeth Floating
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Teeth Floating

This is a discussion on Teeth Floating within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Force teeth floating

View Poll Results: How often do you have your horses teeth floated?
Once a year 19 86.36%
Twice a year 0 0%
More than twice a year 0 0%
Never had it done 3 13.64%
Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By verona1016

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-25-2013, 05:58 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question Teeth Floating

I have heard that if a horse is dropping food out of their mouth while they are eating that their teeth need to be floated. Is this true? I know a horse that every time she eats and there are people aroung she looks up and the grain just falls out of her mouth. Does her teeth need to be checked?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    09-25-2013, 06:06 PM
  #2
Trained
It can, but there are other reasons, too..e.g. Some horses get excited, some are just messy eaters, etc.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    09-25-2013, 06:41 PM
  #3
Green Broke
It's a good idea to have a horse's teeth checked each year and determine a schedule based on that horse's needs. Some horses are fine going two years between floatings, and some need to be done more than once a year.

Dropping grain is one sign that a horse needs his teeth done, and if the horse hasn't had his mouth looked at by a vet in a while, it's definitely worth having a check done.
beau159 likes this.
     
    09-25-2013, 07:03 PM
  #4
Started
I've always heard that one year between floating (or at least getting checked) is about right so I have followed that schedule. Speaking of, I'm several months overdue on that...
     
    09-25-2013, 07:14 PM
  #5
Foal
Also a way to check it to give your horse some oatmeal and if you can see the oats in there poop that means they need there teeth floated :p
     
    09-26-2013, 09:43 AM
  #6
Yearling
I voted once a year because on my horse that needs it, it's once per year. I have other horses that don't get floated unless I see a problem.
     
    09-26-2013, 11:49 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Every horse is going to be on a slightly different schedule. Some horses need their teeth floated every 6 months, and some need it every 2 years. Your equine dentist will determine the schedule.

I voted for once a year because that is the most common for most horses. Yes, if they are overdue they could be dropping grain, but some horses are just messy eaters.
     
    09-26-2013, 11:55 AM
  #8
Showing
You forgot to add the option "Float when needed".

I float mine once/year, however some horses need it more often, some less often. Truly depends on horse.
     
    09-26-2013, 12:01 PM
  #9
Yearling
Ours are done once every two years unless they need it sooner or later. If they're dropping grain and loosing weight I have someone come out to check, if they're dropping grain uncharacteristically but they're not loosing any weight I tend to chalk it up to a messy eater or just an odd quirk.
     
    09-26-2013, 12:10 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
Float when needed would be a better option. Once a year is general for most though many young horses need very little dental work done but an older horse on soft food is likely to need more attention.
I have one horse who is so greedy she tries to force as much into her mouth as possible and food ends up spraying out all over the place - though she always vacuums it all up!! I have another who takes ages to pick through her food - her teeth are fine, its just how she is.
A good judge is if the horse is leaving a lot of food and losing weight
The person who mentioned oatmeal - oatmeal is ground up oats - the sort of thing you would make porridge with - I think you mean whole oats. Again - not something to go by. They take a huge amount of chewing and as they're small a greedy horse especially will swallow a lot of them whole and nature has designed them so well to be a seed that it wants to grows into oat grass that they will usually pass through the digestion system intact.
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question regarding teeth and teeth floating! Klassic Superstar Horse Health 2 10-29-2012 01:06 PM
Teeth Floating WesternBella Horse Health 4 09-05-2012 01:39 PM
Teeth: Floating mooney Horse Health 3 11-20-2010 05:02 PM
Teeth Floating.. biggame12 Horse Health 7 05-16-2009 05:18 PM
Teeth Floating ddewey Horse Health 7 11-04-2008 11:03 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0