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post #1 of 7 Old 04-25-2016, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question gelding and teeth floating

Ok, so my 11 month old stud colt is getting gelded and his teeth being done in a couple days. On the same day my 19 year old is having his teeth done. Anything I have/should do after gelding/teeth being done????? Can I ride my horse after his teeth are done (like 1 day after)?
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-25-2016, 11:10 PM
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I'm a softie when it comes to older horses and teeth floating. I give Banamine right after they float and I give the horse a couple of days off. I had the DRAMA horse of all drama horses when it came to floating his teeth. He'd lay down and groan if he didn't get Banamine after. After that little performance, I gave a couple days off and never forgot the Banamine again.

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-25-2016, 11:25 PM
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I am going to assume the horse will be tranq'ed during the floating, so no riding on that day. If he's not tranq'ed, then IMO it's not a great job, so what the heck, ride away.

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I would ask the vet for after care advice for both. I would ride but would take it easy. If there were any issues or if he was tranqd no, but maybe just bum aound in the halter? Won't hurt to give him time off. I have never seen or heard of banamine being given for a routine float. Maybe if there were issues or a lot of work needed?
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IME teeth floating doesn't hurt them and is often a relief. But i've never seen floating done using some of those scary wrenches on their mouth. No tranquilizer ever required. So riding straight away is fine.

When my boy was gelded he had a few days off (can't remember how many) and I was told he just needed to be able to move around. Not a problem because he was in a large grassy paddock. If your horse is in a stall or pen you may need to walk him in hand.

Ask your vet his advice at the time and go from there.
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Like I said, Lucky was a very Dramatic horse. He literally laid down after a routine float one year, put his head in my lap and groaned until the vet came back and gave him some Banamine and left some with me. Vet said he was the "dam*dest horse" he'd ever seen. I think he was around 18 or 19 then. So from then on, we gave him Banamine after a float. Never had another drama scene either. So, I'm a softie with these older guys.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-26-2016, 12:17 AM
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Depends if you have a primadonna or not. There was a horse at my last barn that after a conservative float he would stop eating and needed his feed soaked to mush and couldn't be ridden for a week. Every time. He was the biggest drama queen in every aspect of his life. I'll usually give a horse a day off.

As for gelding, you want to keep them mobile, either by turnout, buddies, or light work on the lunge/hand walking. Some swelling, filling, and some bleeding is normal, but keep an eye on it and communicate with your vet. Will there be flies out? Infection is a concern then. Some people cold hose, I don't know if that is recommended anymore or not. When my colt was gelded it was still winter.
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