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    02-19-2012, 11:35 PM
Teeth Grinding??

My mare has recently begun grinding her teeth more and more, it originally started out as a once in awhile thing, mostly when we were having a bad ride and I was being nervous and she was getting aggravated... but now it's an every single ride thing, she even does it when my trainer rides her in her once a week training rides. I thought it was a sign of her being aggravated, but now she's doing it even during perfectly wonderful rides, I'm confident and happy, she's happy, ears pricked, yaddie yadda, but she grinds her teeth the whole time, and its getting louder too!

Nothing in her tack has changed in the last 8 months, I got a new saddle back in july (that was fit to her) and she's had the same type of bit for the last 3 years no problems.

The vets coming out tomorrow to check her teeth, check for ulcers, or anything else pain wise that may be causing it.

But I thought I would post and see if anyone on here has any suggestions for what might be causing, and what may have caused it to get so much worse in the last couple of weeks!

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    02-20-2012, 09:00 AM
Could she need a mineral block? Our gelding did something like that but he quit after we put a salt lick out for them.
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    02-20-2012, 01:38 PM
Run your thumb along all areas of her back where the saddle sits applying moderate pressure. If she flinches or has any other bad reaction, her back is sore. Also have the vet check for soreness if you miss it.
    02-25-2012, 11:54 PM
She's not back sore, I had the massage therapist and chiropractor come out and check her. She stopped the teeth grinding when I put a bitless rope bridle on her, her teeth were done a few days ago, they needed it, and she's grinding half as much now.
    02-26-2012, 02:31 AM
My mare did this all the time!!!! My mare had always ground her teeth when ever I did up her girth and sometimes she'd just do it randomly. I honestly thought it was ulcers, I had the vet come out and test her for ulcers parasites anything that could be causing this, everything came back negative however I had read somewhere that some horses have sensitive stomachs, and one of my friends horses had had ulcers and she gave him baking soda for discomfort (baking soda does not get rid of ulcers but it helps loads!) so I figured what the heck its worth a go, best thing I ever did for her as soon as I put her on it I noticed a huge change in attitude, now whenever I do up her girth she just looks at me and the random grinding of teeth has stopped! I don't know how helpful this will be for you but I hope it helps!
Best of Luck!
    02-26-2012, 02:01 PM
Well, chances are that the problem was your horses teeth, and your horse is remembering the discomfort.
    02-27-2012, 03:49 PM
When the teeth are sharp they cause ulcers on the inside of the cheek. These take a little while to heal.

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