Originally Posted by babyruth1984
how can you tell if a horse needs their teeth floated? I bought mine two months ago and she does funny things with her heads when she's not fighting me on other stuff. I don't know when it was last done. How often should it be done and is it done by a vet?
Some typical signs are dropping grain when eating, head tossing while eating and also with the bit, sensitivity when brushing around the jaw... those are the main things I have noticed. Usually a vet or an equine dentist does it. A vet should be able to tell you if your horse's teeth need to be done.
As for how often -- it depends on the horse and their lifestyle. Anywhere from basically never (or like every 5 years, or depending on age) to three times a year. The more forage and free grazing that a horse does, typically the less often they need their teeth done. The more they live off of grain, the more often they need it.