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post #1 of 4 Old 01-11-2013, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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The importance of checking teeth..

Just got Daisy's teeth done, and so happy I did.

She had two huge wolf teeth, plus two caps that were just hanging on, and a baby tooth that needed a little help getting out - yep... five teeth pulled today

I had noticed when riding that she tended to shake her head slightly when I lifted her up even though she bitted up nicely and didn't show resistance ... I called her old owner and was told they didn't worry about her wolf teeth because she never showed discomfort.

I decided to wait for her hypp results to come back because positive horses can have reactions to anesthesia, and as soon as the results came back negative I made the appointment.

Vet came out, knocked her out and took a look ... pointed out the caps right away, they were tilted, then said the wolf teeth were very large and sharp and her front baby tooth were really loose and he got one out, and said the other would come out in the next month.

I am so happy we got her taken care of - vet says to give her a week off from any bits - and then she will be back in business - pain free...

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-11-2013, 09:28 PM
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I had a somewhat similar situation. Not quite that much -- but it made a world of difference. Good luck!
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-11-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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I was talking to the vet, and he said a lot of people don't even think about teeth until the horses are in their teens. Daisy is just turning 4, and I think it is critical to make sure the horse is sound in body, feet, and teeth before you get any serious training underway... she just proved why today :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-11-2013, 09:44 PM
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I know a couple girls whose horse choked because her teeth haven't been done for a LONG time. They only had her a couple months (it was the old owners who didn't do them)and were unaware how bad they were. They took her to an equine dentist I believe 2 days after the accident, and he estimated that her teeth haven't been done in a couple of years... Poor thing
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