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post #11 of 19 Old 11-10-2012, 01:50 PM
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-10-2012, 02:11 PM
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Kassierae Horses can get wolf teeth top and bottom jaw!

Wolf teeth are the only teeth in a horse where the nerve goes to the top so this is why when a bit hots them, it can cause problems.

I would wait another year to have them pulled if you are not using a bit in his mouth.
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Kassierae Horses can get wolf teeth top and bottom jaw!

Wolf teeth are the only teeth in a horse where the nerve goes to the top so this is why when a bit hots them, it can cause problems.

I would wait another year to have them pulled if you are not using a bit in his mouth.
Do they HAVE to be pulled? We've spent a lot of money on pets lately.
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Like I said, no they don't have to unless they cause problems.
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I have never, ever seen a horse with wolf teeth on top. Guess you learn something new every day.
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Do they HAVE to be pulled? We've spent a lot of money on pets lately.
they don't HAVE to be pulled unless they are causing pain or discomfort to the horse, most people however do get them pulled because they are situated in the bit seat and can cause problems when bits are used. A little mare of mine had ALL 4 (very uncommon for mares!) and she only had them pulled last year at age 7, because the dentist was out anyway and it was an uncomplicated procedure, as she was sedated anyway, the dentist pretty much just grabbed a pair of pliers and whipped them out, no problems.

If you plan on breaking the horse in bitless, then you shouldn't have any problems at all with the wolf teeth, they usually only cause problems because they interfere with the bit and make it uncomfortable

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My horse had his canine teeth pulled recently. I found he was more responsive under saddle afterwards.

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Like others have said, no they don't have to be pulled but most people do just to prevent any possible problems before they pop up.

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My mare had two wolf teeth on the upper half of her jaw. It cost us less than $100 to have them removed, but the vet that did it only charged us for one dose of sedative when it took three to make her groggy enough to do the procedure.
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