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Horse Health 101 : Horse Health Library : Dentistry

Signs Your Horse May Need Their Teeth Floated

While looking into you horse's mouth for signs of dental problems can be a difficult task, there are other signs that you can watch for that may indicate that your horse needs to have its teeth floated.

  • Throwing of head
  • Acting up under saddle
  • Unusual head movements
  • Tilting of head while eating or riding
  • Bit discomfort
  • Unable to stay in frame when riding
  • Dropping or loosing grain
  • Undigested food in manure
  • Excessive saliva
  • Soaking food in water
  • Chews food on only one side of the mouth
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Eating slowly or showing excessive effort to eat
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