Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wolf Teeth


Well, the vet was here and the girls got their West Nile shots and Coggins drawn. I asked the Doc to take a look at Misty's teeth because recently she's been spilling her grain, not that it has affected her weight, but just to see if she needed her teeth floated and low and behold Misty still has her wolf teeth. She's so good, but often she does get mouthy with the bit. The rest of her teeth looked good and not in need of floating, but she could stand to have her wolf teeth removed. It more than likely does interfere with the bit and I'm sure they bother her. So I guess we'll be scheduling her for that procedure. While the vet was here, we looked at Kola and there were no wolf teeth, thankfully.

8 comments:

Twisted Oaks Quarter Horses said...

It's just my opinion and I know you will still schedule the appointment, but here it goes. From the looks of Misty's weight, she has no problem eating. She has had her wolf teeth this long without a problem. She is only rode once a week in mild weather. She does ride in a hackmore if the bit is a problem. I have not removed wolf teeth from any of my horses and I've had a lot of them since birth. I hate to see you spend money when it is not really necessary. If the vet gave you a very specific reason I can see going with it. The horses in the wild still have theirs.

Callie said...

I'm still thinking about it. At this point I can't afford it. And yes clearly she hasn't got an underweight problem. I was going to ride her in just a halter today. She responds real well to leg cues. So more than likely probly not this year anyway.

Rising Rainbow said...

It's funny how some horses get them and some don't. Most of my herd do not get them.

I remove them when they do because I do a lot of riding in the snaffle and so they get bumped a lot because of the way the snaffle works.

Grey Horse Matters said...

I've had the wolf teeth removed from any of my horses that had them. Dusty mare was a horror to ride with a bit,constantly chewing and tossing her head, after the wolf teeth were removed all this stopped. She also had no trouble eating and was always a little chunky.That's one of the reasons I like her so much her butt is bigger than mine!

Callie said...

I'm still thinking about it...... Next year, I'm joining the equine health care plan and things will be a lot more economical that way, so we'll see.

Shirley said...

I have the wolf teeth removed on all my horses unless they are broodmares only. All my horses are started in a snaffle; as Risisg Rainbow said, this bit will bump that tooth and it causes pain, and the accompanying problems of head tossing and evading the bit. Our horse dentist likes to remove them when the horse is a yearling as it is much easier to do when the tooth is small than when it is a large mature tooth.

Portraits de chevaux said...

Sorry, I cannot give any advise. You have taught me that the wolf teeth could be removed.

Callie said...

Funny enough, I do use a snaffle with her and it does bother her, but I'm not sure if I'm light handed enough to use a hackmore. Still mulling it over.