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armydogs 08-28-2012 05:47 PM

Will floating teeth help weight gain?
 
We have had Queen for about 1.5 years. She had her teeth floated about a year prior to us purchasing her. I would say she needs to gain maybe 100 pounds or something close to that. I have noticed here recently, that she has been dropping some of her grain. What do you think, would floating her teeth help her gain weight?

Roperchick 08-28-2012 05:48 PM

Maybe. if thats whats causing the weight loss is that she cant really eat....i would have the vet out (since they do the floating anyways) and see waht they say.

churumbeque 08-28-2012 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by armydogs (Post 1663085)
We have had Queen for about 1.5 years. She had her teeth floated about a year prior to us purchasing her. I would say she needs to gain maybe 100 pounds or something close to that. I have noticed here recently, that she has been dropping some of her grain. What do you think, would floating her teeth help her gain weight?

If she needs flaoting it would help. If she doesn't then it won't. But why not have her looked at and decide. She could even have something wedged in her mouth causing problems. I have mine checked yearly and the older ones get it done every year to every other and the younger ones every year.

loosie 08-28-2012 07:33 PM

As others have said, it'll help weightgain if bad teeth are the reason, but I'd imagine her teeth wouldn't be great, as on average, they need their teeth attended yearly, especially if they're being fed grain.

DRichmond 08-29-2012 04:37 AM

If she's older, her molars could simply be worn, in which case you can soften her grain into a mash and add any supps to it you wish. A horse can be over-floated too, annual dental exams are great but not all horses need floated annually.

6W Ranch 08-29-2012 12:04 PM

Yes! Check her teeth. The mouth is one of the most overlooked areas. I've seen so many horses written off as problem horses, sent to diff. trainers, etc. when the problem was wolf teeth, or an abscess.

justhorsinaround1 08-29-2012 02:11 PM

Yes, if her teeth are the reason she is losing weight. Horses can lose weight from a bunch of different reasons. If her teeth have not been floated in awhile, that could very much so be why she is losing weight. It could also be from wolf teeth or abscesses. So I would definitly call the dentist out.

Also check to make sure she is up to date with her worming, get a fecal if you are not sure.

Saddlebag 08-29-2012 09:41 PM

My horses dribble grain because it's not easy to hold onto a mouthful and chew it. Find a means to spread her grain over a large area so she nibbles at it. This will increase her digestion of the grain because she can't stuff her cheeks. Even an old door will work if you screw 1x4's around the perimeter to provide a lip and turn it into a table. Provide her hay in a small mesh hay net. This too makes them nibble. Remember, the fast in the faster out with not a lot of digestion going on.


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