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Chewing then spitting out hay after floating teeth

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  • Chewing then spitting out hay after floating teeth

    Vet was out this afternoon to float teeth. One of my geldings had a decent wave to his teeth, and needed to be sedated. Afterwards, his sheath was cleaned (probably not a necessary detail, but who knows).

    I left him in the stall (without food) for an hour after the vet left. He seemed a little groggy still, but mostly alert. Started eating a little hay, and would chew it up, then drop it out of his mouth. He would do this every few minutes, and eat normally in between.

    I just checked him again (he's definitely alert now) and he is still dropping some hay after chewing it. He is not choking--I have had a horse that choked before.

    Could his teeth just be uncomfortable? He did have some decent filing done...moreso than my other gelding. Vet told me I could give him some bute if he seemed ouchy, so I may do that. Thoughts?
    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.

  • #2
    Is he balling the hay up and spitting it out or just chewing a bit and spitting it out?

    I would just call the vet and tell them whats going on.
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    • #3
      The hubby's gelding is a good junkie. It takes him a long time to wake up after sedation compared to others and we always give him a little dose.

      But like Bethoven said give the vet a call and chat with them


      • Original Poster

        Poo. Do you think this requires an after hours call? I think im known as the paranoid client, and hate to act too soon....
        Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
        White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

        Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.


        • #5
          I'm known for calling the vet pretty quick about stuff but if this were my horse I'd wait until morning. Then if he is still doing it give the vet a call.
          His mouth is probably pretty uncomfortable.
          You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.


          • #6
            No need to call the vet on that right now. Just give him the bute like the vet suggested and in a few hours there is a good chance he will be fine. Depending on what is going on, you may need to give bute for a few days but talked to your vet about that depending on how he is tomorrow.


            • Original Poster

              Well, being paranoid, and having spent a butt load of money on shots/teeth/etc tonight, I called since my vet was on call.

              He asked all the questions to be sure it wasnt choke, and said to give 2 grams of bute. Poor horse was still spitting out his hay at 7:45pm (over 3 hours after the vet left), when I gave Bute. Vet was a little concerned since he didnt think it was a very "serious" float, but said that since the gelding is getting older, he might be more sensitive. Poor guy is 19 and wearing his teeth down in a VERY weird pattern, so im sure this is a bit different to him. Mr Brown hadnt been floated in 2 years (checked in the spring and they didnt think it was necessary) so this is probably a bit uncomfortable.

              Which makes me think--I prefer THIS vet for teeth, as he seems more thorough. The vet who looked at them in the spring was not quite as good, methinks.
              Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
              White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

              Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.


              • #8
                Sore mouth ~ may take a few days to return to 'normal'

                I have ONE mare that it takes her a few days to return to normal chewing ... she has a sore mouth ~ for three days and then as quickly as it appeared it disappears ~

                Jingles & AO ~ bute and monitor ~
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                • #9
                  All the vets I've used over the last maybe 10 yrs administer Bute just prior to floating unless the horse is already on Bute for some lameness issues. Something you might want to consider in the future.

                  What's that about 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'

                  I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


                  • Original Poster

                    msj thats a great point. None of my horses have ever needed bute from floating, but this guy has been more sensitive to stuff recently. I'll be checking him again in the morning, and hopefully he's feeling better after 2 grams of bute!

                    Interestingly enough, my other gelding needed no sedation for floating, and is totally fine! (First horse ive ever had that didnt need sedation to be floated).
                    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
                    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

                    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.