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post #1 of 12 Old 08-28-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Wolf Teeth, Suggestions?

Wolf teeth, to pull or not to pull.. I have heard it depends on if they are having bit issues then to pull them. I changed my gelding to a side pull, still does pulling and head bobbing. But I have also been told it was a behavioral issue. I have seen nice show horses with wolf teeth still in. What does everyone else do?
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Wolf teeth, to pull or not to pull.. I have heard it depends on if they are having bit issues then to pull them. I changed my gelding to a side pull, still does pulling and head bobbing. But I have also been told it was a behavioral issue. I have seen nice show horses with wolf teeth still in. What does everyone else do?
Pull them. If your horse is reacting to a sidepull I would assume he has some sharp points on his molars that need to be addressed by a vet or equine dentist. Those sharp points can cause sores to develop on the inside of the cheeks. Any pressure applied from the outside can aggravate the area, causing pain for the horse. I would have his teeth looked at.
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I always have wolf teeth pulled.
They are the only teeth in a horse that have nerves going through to the end so if a bit hits them it must be like biting on silver paper.

You say that you have seen many show horses with wolf teeth, that would be impossible as these grow close to the first molars and are not (usually) visible unless you hold the horses mouth open.
If you have seen 'extra' teeth in a show horse chances are that they are tushes - and entirely different thing to wolf teeth and these are lower in the jaw and if the bit is fitted correctly, do not bother a horse.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-28-2012, 06:50 PM
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I doubt those are wolf teeth in the show horses, as foxhunter said, they are called something else. Yes, all wolf teeth should be removed IMO.
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Always have pulled them. If I were you I would do it ASAP before the headbobbing becomes a habit.
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Add me to the "pull them" column, they serve no purpose and even if you have them regularly nipped down during floating they can still cause bitting issues.

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I vote pull. If you do it sooner than later, your horse won't have had to deal with the problems that COULD arrise. Its not a big deal to get them pulled, just ask your vet to do next time he's getting his teeth floated, in my ecperience they don't charge anything extra for wolves teeth (at least my vets don't).

Its like wisdom teeth, is the closest human example I can think of

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We always pull them as well. I don't see any harm in removing teeth that serve no function, and can cause potential issues.
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Add me to the "pull them" column, they serve no purpose and even if you have them regularly nipped down during floating they can still cause bitting issues.
If your vet or tooth fairy 'nips down' wolf teeth then they need to have their teeth rasped down on a regular basis.
As I said earlier, wolf teeth have nerves travelling to the top of the tooth, like we do, nipping them would expose that nerve.
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D'oh I was thinking of the elongated canines some geldings get...sorry I thought one thing and typed another.

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