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post #1 of 5 Old 02-24-2020, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Supplements To Support Dental Care

Hey friends! I used to participate on this forum years ago. I have lost contact with a lot of the horse people I used to see, and am now at a loss with my aging equine, so am looking to see if anyone here may have some suggestions.

He will be turning twenty next month, and has been having some ongoing issues with his teeth over the past couple of years. Long story short, he has to have a couple back molars extracted, the worst already being done. Some of his teeth have started rotting, and thus this is why they need to come out.

The place he is boarded at is pretty big on natural feeding, so he gets lots of natural supplements and lots of alfalfa cubes to keep the weight on. I'm not sure if this is directly the cause, but I know PH levels and acidity play a big part in tooth decay.

Just wondering if there are any supplements/feed that could help in maintaining his dental health, because $2000 a tooth is painful and I don't want to keep having his teeth pulled
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I would 100% recommend Seminole wellness senior mix, alfalfa pellets, and beet pulp pellets, and have all of those soaking for at least 15 minutes with warm water (it doesn't have to be warm, but it feels better for my horse). The senior mix is so he can get the proper minerals, nutrients, fat, and it helps keep fat on, the alfalfa pellets are for extra nutrition that he may be lacking if he isn't getting any hay, and the beet pulp pellets are great for keeping or getting fat onto your horse. 100% recommend this formula, and to make it into a bran mash everyday. As for supplements, I don't have an answer, but I would say to put in on Probios which is very good for his digestive system and some electrolytes to encourage drinking. You can also try DAC oils, and supplements. I had a 20 year old pony who was still running 17 sec barrel patterns who was on DAC supplements, DAC oil, and Cosequin.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-24-2020, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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What is the benefit of alfalfa pellets over cubes?
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I prefer alfalfa pellets because they are softer, as alfalfa cubes all of the cubes may not be soaked all the way and can have hard spots, which may be hard to chew and/or swallow. I don't know if that made sense, lol sorry. There is no guarantee that all of the cubes will be 100% soaked all of the way. I soaked mine for the whole night with plenty of water and they still weren't all soaked for the morning, so I switched to pellets and love them. And the pellets soak up water a lot faster and are ready to feed in 15 mins. That is what i feed both of my horses. I personally prefer anything pellets over cubes or shreds.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-24-2020, 03:05 PM
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I also prefer the pellets. The issue with feeding for tooth health is that a horses teeth are already formed and continuously erupt throughout the horses life. The tooth itself while in the gum can absorb a little minerals etc but the tooth that is already erupted really can't. The older a horse gets the less tooth they have left to erupt. I feed my older mare a mix of Alfalfa pellets and beet pulp pellets in a soaked mash every day. Standlee or Equus just had a really good article on the benefits of beet pulp when fed with other forages. The beet pulp feeds an entirely different set of enzymes in the hind gut and helps balance out gut health because it help keeps the proper balance in the gut.
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