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post #11 of 14 Old 03-10-2011, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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I got his wolfe teeth pulled last summer because they seemed to be causing him some discomfort.
I just wasn't sure how often horse owners get the teeth checked.
By the sounds of things you guys use a vet not a dentist.
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-12-2011, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by SEAmom View Post
I only worry for mine if I see something wrong with his baby-to-adult teeth transition.
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The problem with this approach is that almost no owners are actually trained in equine dentistry so by the time you're noticing a problem it is more difficult to correct than if you had gotten the horse checked out by someone who is trained to pick up something that could become a problem. That is the whole point of early and often checks and that is why they are important. If you can afford it, I would rank checking a horse under 5 twice a year as "important".
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-27-2011, 11:22 PM
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I am an equine dentist. Most problems with the mouths of younger horses come from retained caps or baby teeth that don't fall out as they should. Our youngsters begin that process at around 2 1/2 and it continues until they are 4 1/2-5. I suggest yearly visits at least, although you want to be very careful about someone overfloating the teeth on a young horse. You just want to make sure everything is ok and that proper motion of the jaw is not compromised.
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-01-2011, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Dawn Darnell, and everyone else with all the great advice. I think I will take 'the less is more' approach for right now, he seems to be loosing the top teeth and I saw some caps in the corral so all seems to be progressing well on it's own.
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