Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
Id just explain to your mom that this is a necessary thing for the health of your horse, that if it isn't treated or even looked at now, it could cause major problems in the future. Let her know that it might just be nothing but as a respondible horse owner you want to be sure. You can even work out a deal with her that you could keep track of the bills and offer to repay some or all once you begin working, that might help alot, its what i had to do to get my mom to help me out with my vet bills when i was younger...
Maybe even promise that you will make sure to try everything you can do yourself in the future before you call the vet, so you can help cut down the cost, but teeth are a definite vet call.
And you don't have to use mint, i've just had more success with it than say bubblegum or berry, i tried citrus a few times but they don't seem to care for it. Ya i know it sounds wierd that i brush my horses teeth, some more senior members are probably rolling their eyes at me over this hehe, and maye it is, but hey they are pets to me and it is something they enjoy(btw i also brush my dogs and cats teeth and bathe my cats....)... oooh you could try a cinamon toothpaste and see how that goes i bet hed like the taste... i only say toothpaste cause if there is an infection it might help a bit you could also use some heavily salted warm( body temp or a lil higher, around 100 degrees F) water (pour and stir warm water till it will not absorb any more salt) , and you dont have to use a toothbrush, you can use some gause just roll it up nice and tight in a roll about half an inch thick should work nicely, it has been used as a disinfectant for hundreds of years and will help kill any infection and after it stops burning (ya any open sores or wounds are gonna burn like heck but you can rinse them with tepid water if he gets too uncomfortable) will soothe and reduce redness and swelling. And if you do brush them pay good attention to his gumline, try to grt as much of that black gooey stuff off without rubbing the gums raw.
Hopefully they come out easily and he has no more problems!!
Ω Horses are a projection of peoples dreams Ω
Last edited by Honeysuga; 10-29-2009 at 04:41 AM.