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post #11 of 15 Old 08-18-2010, 12:47 PM
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Oh my gosh, so sorry to hear about your little guy, and all your stress!

Glad to hear he was showing improvement the next day
Is he still coming along?

Hope all is well now!

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post #12 of 15 Old 08-18-2010, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by corinowalk View Post
The reason I use a vet instead of a dentist is that in my state, only vets can sedate.
I'm pretty sure that's the law for every state, cori.

Since equine dentists aren't medical practitioners they're not allowed to use sedation drugs, because sedation is a medical procedure.

If your horse needs sedation to float, then you pay the vet and the equine dentist. I'd much rather just pay the vet.

Mine uses a manual float, but I've also had my horses done with power floats. As long as they're careful, the power floats work great and take less time.
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Originally Posted by SpiritedLittleCopperSpots View Post

Oh my gosh, so sorry to hear about your little guy, and all your stress!

Glad to hear he was showing improvement the next day
Is he still coming along?

Hope all is well now!
Yes, I am almost embarrassed that I freaked out so much! He now eats better than before the float. I noticed when I gave him carrots and apples (cut in chunks of course) before the float he had to roll it around in his mouth, sometimes drop it, before he could eat it. I wasn't sure if it was just because his mouth is *so* small. Now he can handle chunks, and he eats his hay a little faster.

Also...his bad breath went away? Don't you think that is odd? he had an odor coming from his mouth before...you did not even need to be close to him, just be near him...and you could smell it. When he licked my hand, I would have to wash it immediately cuz it STUNK. It was gross! I figured I would get the vet out here after the float...thought maybe a sharp tooth caused a cut in his mouth and it was infected...but now I smell nothing! I will of course keep checking to see if it comes back, but I am happy!
Thanks for asking!
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-18-2010, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by dirtymartini View Post
but now I smell nothing!
A horse's breath should smell slightly sweet.
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-18-2010, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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I just mean, it doesn't smell BAD. It just smells like my other mini's breath. I don't notice anything now...thank goodness, cuz it was GROSS!
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