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post #1 of 25 Old 08-21-2017, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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New horse, vet check??? Never owned horse before

Hello I've recently just got a new horse he is a 21 year old paint gelding and he desperately need his teeth floated he is very thin and I think that has a big thing to do with it. Anyway I contacted the equine dentist and they told me to contact a vet to do the sedation. So I contacted the vet and they want to come out tomorrow morning to make sure he is healthy enough for sedation. My question is could any of you tell me roughly how much this check should cost and what to expect? I've never owned a horse before so I don't really know what I'm doing
Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 25 Old 08-21-2017, 09:59 PM
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Well, if the vet is going to come out for a evaluation then since you are already paying for his time make it money earned.
A physical exam, like you get going to the doctor is warranted.
Heart, respiration, eyes, ears, mouth...a look at the body, a general overview will be given.
The learned eyes of that vet may see a reason beside teeth for such poor condition...and it need not be because the horse is 21.

The horse is thin I can see from your pictures....
I would consult and use that vets knowledge and training to guide you whether you should even be riding the animal if he is as thin as you allude to...
I can see an awful lot of protruding bones that should be covered in flesh.
Sometimes it is better to stay off the back and not use one calorie for exertion of riding when the animal fights to keep, gain any weight they have.

Now, guessing this is supposed to be a power float done so sedation needed...
You might get past needing sedation if you have a hand-float which is how teeth were done for decades before power machines became the thing to use.
My horses just were hand floated and have fantastic mouths now that is as good as any power machine does...and no sedation was needed.

As for costs...that will depend upon where you live and the going rate for farm/barn call and exams.
By me, simple farm call is $25 - $40 and the exam is included in the farm call for one animal. I know other areas where to have the vet arrive non-emergent is $85 plus the exam fee on top of that...
I know my costs are far different than most but $140 was what I was charged for farm call, 2 horses float {no sedation}, and a basic exam given.
Now my neighbor just paid $100 for one horse to have a power float with sedation done by a different vet at his clinic so no farm fee.
He did check my horses mouth for me when he did WNV booster and deluxe picture coggins...said keep at what I'm doing as the mouth and teeth were great.
It helps that my vet and my neighbors vet cover for each other so work together and respect each others work...however, if either had legit issue with a treatment done would let it be known.

Hope that gives you some ideas of cost and maybe options.
The vet though is your best resource for what your horse can and should be doing, having for medical care and nutrition to bring back a thriving horse.
The best of luck with your new horse and do ENJOY!!
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post #3 of 25 Old 08-21-2017, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! His previous home was a pure mud pasture so I'm hoping being on grass (I haven't put him out all day as I don't want him to colic just increasing a few hours at a time) he will hopefully gain weight I also am giving him 3 scoops of senior grain 14% protein & 2 scoops of dumor weight booster. I rode him the first day he came (a week ago) nothing more than a trot and he is so incredibly smooth!! I agree though he needs to gain a lot of weight and because of that I haven't ridden him since. I needed to know how much money I should have on hand tomorrow morning so thank you for giving me an idea of how much!!
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I needed to know how much money I should have on hand tomorrow morning so thank you for giving me an idea of how much!!
Most vets take checks, credit cards and will do billing but prefer to be paid when services rendered.
Shame on the vets office for not giving you some idea of costs to be prepared.

Senior feed is fed by weight as is all forage of hay or feed/grain.
Read your bag of feed back to know how much you need to feed daily.
You also need to feed for what the horse should weigh fleshed out not what the animal weighs now...big difference.
Slow increases is perfect though...good for you.
Take it slow and ask questions of the vet for the best guidance...
Good luck.
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post #5 of 25 Old 08-21-2017, 11:29 PM
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My vet was very open and honest... But I made sure to ask. Next time, don't hessitate! They may assume you already know.. Or might not care.
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post #6 of 25 Old 08-22-2017, 06:40 AM
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Every time I've had a vet come out it's cost me about $350.

If I take them in, a routine wellness check, vaccinations, and coggins runs about $175. Teeth floating adds another $90.

He's a good looking horse....and lucky to have someone looking after him.
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post #7 of 25 Old 08-22-2017, 11:04 AM
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Shame on the vets office for not giving you some idea of costs to be prepared.
Why shame on the vet?

Sounds like the OP didn't ask, so I don't see why it's "shame on the vet". I'm sure they'd be more than happy to give a price quote if asked.

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My question is could any of you tell me roughly how much this check should cost and what to expect?
Call the vet and ask!
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Actually beau....
I do find fault with the vets office.
A new client needs to be informed of how a office works, billing and procedures of said practice before vet and client even have a chance to meet.There should be a entire "spiel" of information shared with that first phone call with a new client.
Yes, some of the responsibility is the clients, but it is the office support staffs job to inform new clientele of how things run in their practice...

Anytime I have gone to see a medical professional for my own care those "details" are spoken of before I ever arrive, along with what paperwork is needed brought, forms needing filled out and such...
The job of the support staff of the professional.

Whether my animals or myself, I expect to be a informed customer in how "things" run.
I definitely agree that the best place to find that pricing information though is with this vets practice...call them!
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The internet is not the place to ask what a particular vet charges for a particular service in a particular area. The vet alone can tell you.

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Looks like you've got plenty of advice on the question at hand, I just wanted to say your boy is adorable!
Let us know how the checkup goes <3
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