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    04-27-2010, 10:14 AM
Green Broke
Good pictures lilkitty! Some younger horses won't have canines. My 5 and 6 yr old horses don't have them.
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    04-27-2010, 10:33 AM
Thank you lilkitty! What I was seeing were the canines.

And I think that's the deal with the law kitten_val. I had heard once before that the dentist can't sedate them. I live in VA...not too far from MD.

Thank you everyone for your responses. The dentist will be out on May 5. She can't get there any sooner and the vet (unless an emergency) can't make it out to check him until the 10th. I went ahead and made the appointment when I spoke with him this morning. But told him what the problem was and that the dentist was coming out to check his teeth. So, either way, his teeth will be in good shape by the 11th.
    04-27-2010, 03:31 PM
In my area, i've heard of the Amish pulling teeth. I'm sure this goes much along the same lines as them gelding horses. I highly disagree with it, and maybe the law has something to do with situations like that?
    04-27-2010, 04:40 PM
Green Broke
Thanks. And yeah they don't start developing canines untill 6-8 years old moth of the time. I wouldn't really have them removed as it will cost money. Just get them filed down if they are causing a problem.
    04-27-2010, 04:57 PM
Originally Posted by charlicata    
That's another thing. I thought that horses were supposed to have their teeth floated yearly...unless very young or a senior. Rookie is 9.

As long as there are not hooks on the horses teeth that will make sores on thier mouth and the horse can eat properly a horse can go for several years without a float. The oldest horse I have is 7 and I have never had any of my current horses teeth floated. The 7 yo horse will probably have to have a float this year.

As far as wolf teeth, the vet usually removes them when he gelds one for me while they are sedated. You definitely can't see them under normal conditions.
    04-27-2010, 05:03 PM
Originally Posted by Squeak    
In my area, i've heard of the Amish pulling teeth. I'm sure this goes much along the same lines as them gelding horses. I highly disagree with it, and maybe the law has something to do with situations like that?
Why do you disagree with that? There are several remote ranches "near" where I live that raise horses and most of the time they do thier own gelding. There are a couple of guys that are pretty good at it and they rope the horses and tie them down. It's not painless but it's quick and they get over it pretty fast. It has not been that long ago that nobody would have dreamed of calling a vet to do a castration of any animal yet there are many people that think they have to call the vet to give a horse a shot. I only have one or two colts at a time so I don't mind taking them into the vet but if I had more you can bet I would learn to do it myself.
    04-27-2010, 05:47 PM
I for one would much rather see a stud made a gelding with the ol' knife and emasculator method than have his owner not able to afford to take him to a vet to do it. There are way too many stallions out there now.

What is different between bulls, rams, bucks, or stallions? They are still animals that can feel pain, yet I don't know anyone that has a vet out to castrate bulls, or dehorn them with a gouger etc. If you feel its ok to slaughter and eat horses, and to consider them livestock, then by all means they should be able to be castrated like them. Just food for thought.
    04-27-2010, 08:25 PM
I was told that not all wolf teeth effect riding and that you only have to worry about them if they are hurting your horse. My horse chomps on her bit ALL THE TIME and it is simply just a bad habit that she has. She tries to grab her shanks too, it is kind of funny watching her because she looks like an idiot when trying to grab the shanks.
    04-27-2010, 08:39 PM
^ The bit rests on top of or right below the wolf teeth, that's when it causes problems.
    04-27-2010, 10:51 PM
Oh ok. I wasn't sure. Thanks.

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