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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%
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  • 1 Post By verona1016

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    09-25-2013, 06:58 PM
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?
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    09-25-2013, 07:06 PM
It can, but there are other reasons, too..e.g. Some horses get excited, some are just messy eaters, etc.
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    09-25-2013, 07:41 PM
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.
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    09-25-2013, 08:03 PM
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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, 08:14 PM
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, 10:43 AM
Green Broke
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, 12:49 PM
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, 12:55 PM
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, 01:01 PM
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, 01:10 PM
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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.

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