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post #21 of 31 Old 12-03-2014, 05:50 PM
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I just looked at my horse. She is 14 and does not have anywhere near a hook like that on that tooth. One side is almost perfectly level, the other has maybe a 2 mm hook. However, I noticed my mare's teeth line up much better than the OPs.

I would be inclined to have it filed if it is sharp at all. Too easy for soft tissue to get cut with it remaining there.
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I would be inclined to have it filed if it is sharp at all. Too easy for soft tissue to get cut with it remaining there.

That's what worried me about it too. I know older horses will develop those points, but it looked a bit sharp and uneven compared to others I've seen like that. If it's sharp I'd have it done, if not then I'd see if it bothers the horse at all and go from there.

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post #23 of 31 Old 12-03-2014, 09:03 PM
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If you do have the hook filed, be very careful. My TB gelding had front teeth filed and shortly after they Cracked and a couple of teeth fell out, I had a horse dentist do them, And the teeth fell out before i could get him to the Vet. I always use the Vet now.
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post #24 of 31 Old 12-04-2014, 05:38 AM
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in az only vets can drug horses, so really only vets float teeth. mine did NOT get the fronts the first time. the second time i had to ask him. he said they were caused from a slight underbite. the underbite would cause the teeth to not line up correctly. Unless your horse has an underbite i dont think front hooks will be an issue.
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post #25 of 31 Old 12-04-2014, 07:28 AM
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If you do have the hook filed, be very careful. My TB gelding had front teeth filed and shortly after they Cracked and a couple of teeth fell out, I had a horse dentist do them, And the teeth fell out before i could get him to the Vet. I always use the Vet now.
Do you remember when your horse had the incisors done, was a power float used? If power floats are used incorrectly they can heat up the tooth far to much and kill the tooth. Power floats can also remove to much of the tooth in a very short time. Therefore I chose not to use them. But they do save time if that is the objective, time not quality. Equine Dental Service . Panama.....
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post #26 of 31 Old 12-04-2014, 10:47 AM
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Do you remember when your horse had the incisors done, was a power float used? If power floats are used incorrectly they can heat up the tooth far to much and kill the tooth. Power floats can also remove to much of the tooth in a very short time. Therefore I chose not to use them. But they do save time if that is the objective, time not quality. Equine Dental Service . Panama.....
Maybe I'm old fashioned but I don't like the power floats either & for the same reasons. I can understand why a vet would want to use them because hand floating is hard work, however you are correct. Over use is easy to do.
A friend had her horse done with a PF & the molars were made so smooth the horse couldn't grind any food.
One vet wanted to do all kinds of fancy stuff on my 30 year old with a wave mouth. Why? Sure there were waves but the tops & bottoms lined up perfectly & she had no problem eating. I stuck with the vet who still did hand floats & that horse had all her teeth when she passed at 34-with a wave mouth.
I'll stick with the less is more hand floats.
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post #27 of 31 Old 12-04-2014, 11:28 AM
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in az only vets can drug horses, so really only vets float teeth. mine did NOT get the fronts the first time. the second time i had to ask him. he said they were caused from a slight underbite. the underbite would cause the teeth to not line up correctly. Unless your horse has an underbite i dont think front hooks will be an issue.
Same in MA, but there are plenty of dentists that get a hold of the drugs...
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post #28 of 31 Old 12-04-2014, 11:49 AM
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It takes just an instant to remove too much tooth with a power drill. I know someone that it did happen to her horse, and I don't know what else happened but that poor horse couldn't eat for awhile without being in agony. He would try to take a bite of hay then throw up his head in pain and wouldn't eat.

My horse had her first float by hand a few weeks ago here at home. I doubt I'll go back to hauling to the vet for power floats.
It was less stressful for her and didn't have to use sedation like at the Vet. The job got done and overall it went very well.
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post #29 of 31 Old 12-04-2014, 05:54 PM
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My current horse doesn't need to be sedated for floating. It's great. Manual float.
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post #30 of 31 Old 12-05-2014, 03:20 AM
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My vet now only used the power float. His dr told him he will lose his arm if he kept manual floating. IT seems my mare needs her teeth done once every 2-3 years so its not TOO bad.
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