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#1 dixieangel02

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 09:46 AM

OK...one of my rescues i got a week ago is tilting his head when he eats his feed. I know his teeth need floating but nothing serious or BAD....our dentist is coming out next week. But i was just wondering if there was anything else that could cause this??
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Posted 16 October 2008 - 11:08 AM

It is usually a sign of teeth problems. With one of mine, he had points on the outside edges of his molars and it was irritating his cheek.
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Posted 16 October 2008 - 04:00 PM

Was he doing this when you got him, or did he just recently start? Sounds like dental problems since he only does it when he eats.
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Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:04 AM

I just noticed it But thats not to say that he hasnt been doing it since i got him. I dont normally stand and watch my horses eat. I just happened to be cleaning stalls after i fed the other day and noticed it...I know he needs a float job! He drops LOTS of feed out of his mouth when he eats as well. I was wondering if this problem may also be why he is slinging his head when i ride???
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Posted 17 October 2008 - 10:54 AM

I'd say call your vet and see if they can't come out sooner. Sounds to me like he's in some pain.
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Posted 17 October 2008 - 11:14 AM

My equine specialist doesnt do my horses teeth i have a horse dentist come out for that and he cant make it until next week he moves around alot. I dont think that he is in any pain. He slings his head most of the time after i have been working with him for about thirty minutes. He starts evading the bit and thats why he is slinging but i still think i couild be his teeth making him do this i dont know...im not a vet. But as far as i know he isnt in any kind of pain.. He lets me stick my hand in his mouth i push around he shows no sign of paint or discomfort/....
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 07:25 PM

QUOTE (dixieangel02 @ Oct 17 2008, 10:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just noticed it But thats not to say that he hasnt been doing it since i got him. I dont normally stand and watch my horses eat. I just happened to be cleaning stalls after i fed the other day and noticed it...I know he needs a float job! He drops LOTS of feed out of his mouth when he eats as well. I was wondering if this problem may also be why he is slinging his head when i ride???



Sorry it's been awhile since I looked at this post. How's your horse doing?

The head slinging and dropping of feed while eating are also symptoms of dental issues. More than likely your horse has sharp points on his row teeth causing irritation on the cheeks and tongue, and could have a wolf tooth that needs to come out. Did you look at the 1st premolars to see if he has hooks on his top teeth? Here is a great article on this subject:

http://www.discerninghandsequinedentistry....prevention.html

Let us know what you find out

Edited by turnnburn36, 21 October 2008 - 07:28 PM.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 08:28 AM

HI everyone...My boy and his mouth are doing alot better...My dentist came out and the head slinging during rides have STOPPED and him tilting his head has stopped. But he is still dropping alot of feed. We had one wolf tooth pulled and a float job done
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 11:24 AM

That's great news! Glad your horse is feeling better. He will probably continue to drop grain for awhile until the sores on his cheeks and tongue heal up.

He will also be sore from having to have a wolf tooth pulled and the initial float itself. You should gradually notice an improvement in a week or two.

If he is still dropping grain after that, you might want to have your dentist come back out just for a checkup in case there might be something that was missed. More than likely though, you should see a huge improvement over the next week or so.
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 12:13 PM

I have a question....how long should i wait till i put a bit back in his mouth.....Since he is so sore should i wait a week before i put a bit back in his mouth
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 11:32 AM

My gelding tips his head slightly when chewing grain too. I adopted him from a rescue. They got him from OSU's veterinary program, where he had been donated when his original owner couldn't afford his vet treatments after a trailer wreck. He had suffered a broken jaw and skull fractures. The vet students practiced on him, patched him up, and then sent him on to a rescue. When I got him, he DID need his teeth done. We got them tended to, as well has had him seen by a chiro, and the head-tipping did improve, but it has never gone away completely. I have had him 3 years now, and his teeth have been done 3 times. He seems comfortable wearing a bit, and can collect himself, apparantly without pain, but he does still head-tip slightly when eating.
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