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post #21 of 134 Old 09-27-2015, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Yes horses teeth need floated once a year. Sometimes twice depending on the horse.

I would get her teeth done ASAP. My gelding's teeth had never been floated until I got him, but his previous owner still rode him in a bit. Now (even though his teeth have been floated twice, and he has no other problems with them), he absolutely hates bits. It doesn't matter what kind it is, or who's riding him, he will not put up with it at all.
I'm not saying this will happen to your horse. Just sharing an experience to a similar situation.

I personally wouldn't try bridling her again until her teeth get floated.
Is there a way I can tell if her teeth need to be floated first?

What are the signs?

I know the barn helper at the old barn keep insisting to me that horses dont need their teeth floated unless they have problems eating. Thought this sounded off.
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Has she always been this way about bridling or has she recently developed the resistance? I could not believe how quickly the circling worked for me, pulling her into a tight circle around around me when she resisted. Worth a try as long as it is not a teeth issue.
I think the resistance could just be with me. She still resists a bit with the trainer but not nearly as much as with me.

The best person to ask this would be the previous owner. In fact I think I should get in touch with her on this.
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You will need a vet or horse dentist to look at her and feel her teeth for sharp edges or other problems. Just because they can eat does not mean they don't have a problem with their teeth. Not eating or dropping food is certainly an indication, but not the only one.
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Someone else on here may know of a way of checking yourself, but I'm not sure of how to do that.

The signs would be dropping grain when eating, dunking hay in water (this will make it easier for her to chew), a lot of chewing the bit when it's in her mouth, and head tossing when the bit's in her mouth.

I've heard a couple old timers say the same thing that barn helper did, but it's not true.
You didn't know though, so don't be hard on yourself

This website may help you also
C.S.J. Equine Dental Services - Frequently Asked Questions - Middletown, DE
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You will need a vet or horse dentist to look at her and feel her teeth for sharp edges or other problems. Just because they can eat does not mean they don't have a problem with their teeth. Not eating or dropping food is certainly an indication, but not the only one.
Ok will see if any vets are making a trip out to the barn anytime soon. If not then I can perhaps get a dentist in but will be expensive just to come out and check.

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Someone else on here may know of a way of checking yourself, but I'm not sure of how to do that.

The signs would be dropping grain when eating, dunking hay in water (this will make it easier for her to chew), a lot of chewing the bit when it's in her mouth, and head tossing when the bit's in her mouth.

I've heard a couple old timers say the same thing that barn helper did, but it's not true.
You didn't know though, so don't be hard on yourself

This website may help you also
C.S.J. Equine Dental Services - Frequently Asked Questions - Middletown, DE
She at times chews a lot when she has the new bit in but trainer said it could be that shes just getting used to it or playing with the copper rolling balls in the centre of it (which I got on purpose as was told its a good addition to have on a bit, keeps the horse busy and tastes good). She doesnt chew all the time with the new bit in her mouth, just here and there. Will have to monitor it some more.
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You might leave the halter on under the bridle. It makes it easier to control the head. It is also good if you need to dismount and lead them somewhere.

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You can check for sharp hooks yourself by feeling the teeth. No mistaking them. You can also check for abrasions inside the cheeks. While in there check for plaque. Very easy to flick it off using a hoof pick.....carefully of course.

A horse needs to learn to have its mouth messed with gently for many reasons.

Same with ears.

As for the bridling issues, have you tried to teach your horse to put its head down with a little pressure on its poll? Having a head down cue makes it easier to bridle, check ears, and so on.
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Quote: She at times chews a lot when she has the new bit in but trainer said it could be that shes just getting used to it or playing with the copper rolling balls in the centre of it (which I got on purpose as was told its a good addition to have on a bit, keeps the horse busy and tastes good). She doesnt chew all the time with the new bit in her mouth, just here and there. Will have to monitor it some more.[/QUOTE]

Yes, these can both also be the case of why horses chew on their bits.

I would definitely still get her teeth checked though. Better to be safe than sorry
I'm not sure if the dentist you use will charge if she/he checks, and your mare doesn't need them done, but mine will not charge.

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[QUOTE=sarahfromsc;8052074]You can check for sharp hooks yourself by feeling the teeth. No mistaking them. You can also check for abrasions inside the cheeks. While in there check for plaque. Very easy to flick it off using a hoof pick.....carefully of course.


This might be worth a try, as well.

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Ok will see if any vets are making a trip out to the barn anytime soon. If not then I can perhaps get a dentist in but will be expensive just to come out and check.



She at times chews a lot when she has the new bit in but trainer said it could be that shes just getting used to it or playing with the copper rolling balls in the centre of it (which I got on purpose as was told its a good addition to have on a bit, keeps the horse busy and tastes good). She doesnt chew all the time with the new bit in her mouth, just here and there. Will have to monitor it some more.
I had a gelding and still have a mare that absolutely hates any copper in their mouth. Not all horses like the taste of it. And now that I'm comparing the two of them they both prefer(red) curb bits over snaffles or broken bits. He liked a stainless steel curb and she likes a sweet iron curb. This is why many horse people have a bunch of bits hanging in their tackroom. They can be as finicky about what they wear as some people are.
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