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  • Teeth floating and riding

    How long, on average, do you wait to ride after your horse's teeth have been floated?

    Is it different if your dentist uses the old fashioned rasp way or electrical way?
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    I ask my vet for their opinion.

    My vet uses a power float, with hand rasping as needed for front teeth. Usually there is no reason the horse can't be ridden the next day unless there is something complicated such as a tooth removal or extreme changes to the mouth's balance.

    I do sometimes give my horses Bute after being floated if they are prone to TMJ type issues. I don't know if it helps, but I figure it can't hurt.
    Freeing worms from cans everywhere!

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    • #3
      I have the saddle on, sometimes, when he's working. As soon as he pulls out the final float I pop on the bridle.
      I asked my tooth guy - he said if your tooth guy says you 'need to wait to ride' then they're not doing it right ....
      I've never had any issues, including, sometimes, riding immediately.
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      • #4
        The next day is fine unless something was pulled. Just never on the same day.

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          #5
          Well I'm switching from my vet to an equine dentist. I found that after the vet floats my horses they are often sore for a couple days, that's why I was curious.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hunter's Rest View Post
            I've never had any issues, including, sometimes, riding immediately.
            This has been my experience also. However, I moved in with my trainer last May, and they all looked at me like I was crazy for riding my horse after he had be floated (by hand), so maybe there is another way lol. I wouldn't ride after an extraction or something...
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            • #7
              I gauge it by how long the float takes. I have my guys checked in spring and fall so their usually not bad at all. Mine are power floated and get happy juice so they get the day off. I give them the following day off if it took more than 20 minutes because I know how blech I feel after the dentist.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hunter's Rest View Post
                I have the saddle on, sometimes, when he's working. As soon as he pulls out the final float I pop on the bridle.
                I asked my tooth guy - he said if your tooth guy says you 'need to wait to ride' then they're not doing it right ....
                I've never had any issues, including, sometimes, riding immediately.
                I'm hoping your horses are not sedated ...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by alto View Post
                  I'm hoping your horses are not sedated ...
                  But at the same time, how well can they float the back teeth without sedation?
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                  • #10
                    If I ride the day after they are done, I'll ride in a halter and leadrope. Never had any issues and I'm sure they'd be fine, but I like to be on the safe, comfortable side for them. My dentist power floats.

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                    • #11
                      I don't ride them the day of unless it's before they get done. I usually ride them in some form of a bitless bridle for a day or two after. Mine get power floated by a vet who only does teeth and is known all over the country for her work. They have NEVER been sore after her working on them and she always tells me I can use a bit the next day but it just makes me feel better to use something sans a bit for a couple of days.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CHT View Post
                        But at the same time, how well can they float the back teeth without sedation?
                        he's a very special tooth guy

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                        • #13
                          1 of my 20 need sedation.
                          The man is a professional. Works locally, reginoally, nationally, internationally.
                          I repeat, unless of course it is some special procedure, or some major work, if a horse needs 'time off' after floating there's a problem with the float.
                          It'd be like giving a horse 'time off' after shoeing before you ride him.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CHT View Post
                            But at the same time, how well can they float the back teeth without sedation?
                            http://farriersforum.com/useralbums/...entist.22/view

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                            • #15
                              Because my vet uses light sedation to do teeth, I would never ride on the same day. However, I have never had any reason to wait to ride after a "regular" float aside from the sedation; my horses have never been sore in any way (mouth or otherwise) after having their teeth floated, and I have had both standard hand tools and power tools used over the years. Riding the next day is fine unless the vet has a special reason - e.g. maybe an extraction or if there was a very sharp edge that had done damage to the inside of the mouth (I've never had this, just trying to imagine a scenario that would require extra time off...?)

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by CHT View Post
                                But at the same time, how well can they float the back teeth without sedation?
                                Exactly, and in most cases it's not good for the horse and the TMJ.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by davistina67 View Post
                                  Exactly, and in most cases it's not good for the horse and the TMJ.
                                  You have seen "most cases" . . .

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Tom Bloomer View Post
                                    You have seen "most cases" . . .
                                    LOL, I've seen the pics you posted. Nothing to be proud of for sure. Just my opinion, The guy doesn't even have a light!

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by davistina67 View Post
                                      LOL, I've seen the pics you posted. Nothing to be proud of for sure. Just my opinion, The guy doesn't even have a light!
                                      How many Kentucky Derby winners, Belmont Stakes winners, Preakness winners, Breeders Cup winners, Grade 1 Stakes winners have you floated in the last 30 years?

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Tom Bloomer View Post
                                        How many Kentucky Derby winners, Belmont Stakes winners, Preakness winners, Breeders Cup winners, Grade 1 Stakes winners have you floated in the last 30 years?
                                        None, and you? You have files, I thought maybe you have?

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