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fargos handmaiden

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Old Horse questions Again!!!!
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:54:56 pm »

Was just reviewing old thread on Fargo when I asked you all about best ways to get him to live eternally.... :-) .... And your advice was so encouraging, thought I would try again. I think he is 26 now. Last year at annual coggins/vet check, Doc said all horses still had good.teeth but this year, old Fargo would probably need teeth floated.for.first time. Well, lo and behold, he gave all 3 a pass on teeth again. Made me happy, or so I thought. We went to a trail riding thing last weekend woman said Moonshine's teeth needed floating and.that she had sores inside her mouth from rough teeth. She had Robert ride her as much as possible with just rope and halter and a different saddle and sure.enough she did.seem much more relaxed up to a point. When she learned Speedy had never had his teeth floated, she concluded without really checking that he needed it too. Fargo was left home for.this event.

At any rate, I am really confused now as this vet we use when possible ( won't do emergency farm calls), is strictly a horse vet and has good.reputation among folks here.

At home, I called a.vet recommended to me by one of the participants with a show horse there. That vet's comment was if none had ever had them floated before, they would all need it and.that Fargo would probably need more.than one treatment. All said only over.phone without his.seeing the horses.

My farrier.gave me.contact on a young girl who just graduated from some horse.dentist school and he said she was.a very devoted, caring.young lady.

So, questions, as.I struggle with the teeth floating issue again!
#1, should I or shouldn't I? And #2, would you use a young "horse dentist", specializing, or would you only trust a vet?

Another thing that surprised me.about all this is I expected to have to have to float Fargo's teeth as to me, they look abnormally long compared to the other two, but none of them drop their feed when eating and my regular vet said he was.ok for another year. He does look like he is dropping some weight right now.but is it teeth or just his age. Nothing serious yet!!!!!
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KysaSD

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Re: Old Horse questions Again!!!!
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2018, 05:55:55 am »

Did the vet examine the horses mouths by shining a light into the very back?  Just looking at the front is unlikely to show what is needed.  Yes, some horses do wear their teeth very evenly and do not need floating, but this is rare indeed, especially as they age. 

Me, I would get a second opinion, from someone who has been well trained in horse dentistry.  Not all veterinarians are.  Would I try the young kid....maybe.  I would want to know more about her first, but yes I would consider her.

I have all my horses looked for dental work at least once every two years.  Some more often, depends on the horse.  My new young curly MFT will get his teeth done Wednesday, just three weeks short of being 4.  And he definitely needs it.
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Re: Old Horse questions Again!!!!
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2018, 06:56:24 am »

Use an equine dental specialist - they should inspect all teeth - mine inspects for cavities, loose teeth, gaps, things stuck between, sharp points and only floats if necessary - mine is against just floating to float and shows me everything which is cool.   Only a couple of times have I had a horse that needed nothing.   Usually they always have at least one sharp point. 
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Re: Old Horse questions Again!!!!
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2018, 09:50:41 am »

Thanks, all. First vet, our regular.vet, just opened mouth with his hands and tried to look in until of course the horses pulled away. No flashlight. The female trainer just put her hand inside Moonshine's mouth and rubbed the fleshy side.of her mouth. That's when she said Moonshine had cuts inside her mouth from her teeth.

I will probably try the young girl dentist. She is only one specializing we can find here in central Texas other than vets. . My farrier is a good guy so I put a lot of.store in his.recommendations.
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