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post #1 of 2 Old 10-21-2011, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Teething?

Okay, so just in the past week or so, Aires has started licking and, for lack of a better word, chewing on the bars of his stall. He is definitely not cribbing (no sucking in air, no weight loss...our BO has a horse that cribs, so I know what cribbing looks like). He will take as much of the bar into his mouth as he can and then he'll just...chew on it. He also spends half an hour or longer at a time just licking his salt lick (bought him one after our trail ride last Thursday and he LOVES it).

My friend and the trainer were discussing it the other day when they noticed it and at first the trainer though he might be bored, but he has a Jolly Ball (that he loves and plays with) and he gets turned out and played with enough that he shouldn't be bored. Then she said he might be lacking some mineral(s) or something like that, so I went out and bought him a nice big mineral block...which he licked all of once. So today, I asked the BO what he thought it might be and he said it might be his teeth, especially since he's right at the age where his wolf teeth should be coming in (he's about 27.5 months right now).

I tried to check his teeth, but he was in the middle of dinner and got kinda of ****y when I tried to check them. I was thinking about it on my way home and I'm wondering if this is why he's been so difficult (for him) to bridle lately. Before, he'd take the bit with absolutely no fight, almost reaching for it. But, in the last week or two, he's started to try to keep his head out of my reach (which isn't too difficult 'cuz he's so damned tall) until I put my arm over his poll and force his head down. Once I put the bit against his lips, he takes it without argument, though, and he doesn't champ or act like the bit hurts him.

So, could the problem be his wolf teeth coming in? I know I wouldn't be able to tell for certain without checking, but it'll be nice to have an idea of what to look for.

Also, does anyone know about how much getting wolf teeth should run me (I know it varies with where you live, but still...)?

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Hey, a fellow Zonie!

My colt is 15 months old and he's had his wolf teeth for a while. He didn't have them at 5 months (when he was gelded) but I would say about the time he was a yearling, he's had wolf teeth. I figure I will get them removed next spring when the vet does vaccinations. I have the BEST vet out here. I think he charged like $60 to geld! I'm thinking the wolf teeth removal will be even less. But I'm blessed with a inexpensive, country vet. Actually, I've seen my vet knock out the wolf teeth while some colts were sedated to get gelded. He just took a tool and tapped them loose. But my colt got gelded so young that I didn't have that opportunity. But it isn't a complicated procedure. He just sedates the horse and taps the teeth loose with a tool. They are small and come out easy (at least the ones I saw done).

My colt puts EVERYTHING in his mouth. I do pray he outgrows it. I have been coating all his tack in hot sauce.

I don't think all their adult teeth come in for several years, so even if it's not the wolf teeth (which are sort of tiny and hard to see right in front of the top molars, not to be confused with the canines which are large and easy to see near the front of the mouth) it could be his other teeth coming in that is causing him to be mouthy.


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