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AngelWithoutWings54 06-16-2010 04:53 PM

Yikes! Sharp Teeth! Help!
Today, my barn had the horse dentist come out to take a look at the horse's teeth, and see which horses needed their teeth rasped and such. Well, it was Jerry's turn, and he was feeling around in his mouth. He said everything was pretty normal, except for on the right side there were extremely sharp sides on his teeth, and he had ulcers right by them. :shock: He even had me stick my hand up in my poor pony's mouth to feel (it was interesting, but... gross... and I never knew how big a horse's mouth was!) Well, obviously we're going to get them done as soon as we can (he couldn't do them today for some reason), but in the meantime what precautions should I take to keep him from hurting himself? He doesn't fuss with the bit when I ride him, he eats fine, and he's drinking, so it doesn't seem like it's causing TOO much pain.

What should I do?

Oh, by the way, we're probably going to have him come back sometime this week. So it won't be a long term prevention thing, just how to keep him from hurting himself.

SugarPlumLove 06-16-2010 05:00 PM

There isn't really anything you can do unfortunatly. Your horse thought may need it teeth to be done about twice every one and a half years instead of once a year.

AngelWithoutWings54 06-16-2010 05:04 PM

Yeah, that could be. I'll ask the dentist (I guess thats what you would call him...) when he comes again if he needs them done more than once a year.

Speed Racer 06-16-2010 05:09 PM

An equine dentist or vet won't know how often your horse's teeth need floating until he's done them a time or two.

My TB gelding needs his teeth done every 6 months because he has a slight parrot mouth.

My riding Arab gelding needs his done every 2 years, and my retired Arab needs his done once a year.

So it really depends on the horse. I have their teeth checked every 6 months, just to make sure we're staying on schedule.

If your boy is being done this week, no worries. A few extra days isn't going to make that much difference.

kitten_Val 06-16-2010 05:15 PM

Week earlier or week later not gonna make big difference given he's in good weight. I do both mine once/year.

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