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post #21 of 24 Old 08-21-2013, 12:14 PM
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As far as teeth go, not every horse needs them done every year. My mare the vet says needs doing every 2 years(after sedating and checking fully, with speculum, etc) but the horses on the farm vary significantly. One ottb and an appy need their teeth done every spring. One gelding has it done every year twice. Another gelding the vet says has fantastic teeth, and he asked us to bring him in for floating every 3-4 years.
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post #22 of 24 Old 08-21-2013, 01:12 PM
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As far as teeth go, not every horse needs them done every year. My mare the vet says needs doing every 2 years(after sedating and checking fully, with speculum, etc) but the horses on the farm vary significantly. One ottb and an appy need their teeth done every spring. One gelding has it done every year twice. Another gelding the vet says has fantastic teeth, and he asked us to bring him in for floating every 3-4 years.
Oh absolutely and that's very typical. Some horses don't need teeth done every year, may need a float every couple to few years. So long as they're checked yearly.. I'm jealous!
But to have two horses over 10 that have never needed their teeth done? I've never heard of that. That poster is lucky if that's truly the case!
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post #23 of 24 Old 08-21-2013, 06:56 PM
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I do consider myself very lucky.

It does make me wonder if their breeding has something to do with it. One is purebred Curly, the other is Curly/Spanish Mustang. Curly parents were taken off the range in South Dakota, wild. Curlies are hardier then mustangs in my opinion. Super solid horses!!!

The one that needs teeth done regularly is Appendix QH, and her dam (TB) has bad teeth and requires regular floating.
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post #24 of 24 Old 08-22-2013, 12:23 PM
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This may not be a popular answer, but I would suggest adding a little bit of candy, sugar or something your horse loves in your hand that feeds to the bit into his mouth. That will get him to open and begin to look forward to taking the bit.

I wouldn't up the severity of the bit. Perhaps the snaffle is painful or uncomfortable. Have you tried a french link? Maybe a totally different type of bit will provide him more comfort.

I recently had a mare in training that was very resistant. After ticking off all the items on my checklist such as saddle fit, teeth, back pain, etc I finally resolved the issue by putting her in a Myler combination bit. It works off nose and chin pressure long before the bit is actually engaged. She is so much happier. She isn't perfect but for sure the tongue pressure on the snaffle gave her anxiety and a will to fight. Good luck!
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