Teeth Problems

TicTac

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My mare has been exhibiting some odd behaviour at feed times in the last couple of weeks or so. Fortunately I have the dentist coming out to see to her tomorrow but it is quite obvious that she is having problems.

Apart from dropping her short feed whilst eating, she has started to paw violently at the bucket and or pile of hay scattering it everwhere. I find it easier to tip the feed on the grass at the moment as she does hoover it all up. ( she is out 24/7 for the summer) She also frothes alot while eating.

I have only had her a year and she did come with sharp teeth and lacerations to her gums because of this. she was seen 6 months ago and treated for the same problems so my guess is she is in some discomfort again. Poor girl. However to ride she is not showing any problems as such.

We do not have much grass, enough for her to pick at and keep her happy so she is still on full rations. 2 x feeds per day plus haylage. I haven't changed her feed at all and she is generally happy in herself and looking well and her routine is fairly consistent. Has anybody else experienced behaviour like this? I will be interested to see what the dentist finds tomorrow.
 

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she may be pawing at the hay through frustration at not being able to eat it properly. Is she making faces when she chews? My horse had a couple of really sharp teeth right at the back which were cutting into her cheeks on one side and before I got the dentist she was opening her mouth really wide when she chewed - someone described it as if she had a toffee stuck to the roof of her mouth. She also kept trying to rub her face on the wall.
Hope you get it sorted.
 

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considering she has had her teeth done 6 months ago, she certainly should not be showing any signs of discomfort (I am assuming she has been done twice?) However, if she is young then she could have impacted teeth. Can I ask who does her teeth?
 

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Hi Victoria. She had her teeth done within a couple of weeks of me getting her a year ago but not by my usual dentist. He didn't do a very good job and I had to wait until my equine dentist came back to work from maternity leave to get my mare sorted out properly.

Beverley Rippon is my equine dentist and I have used her for 10 years. She did quite a bit of work on her 6 months ago but did say that my mare has problems with the shape of her jaw and position of her teeth.

I am pretty sure that my mare has got something going on in her mouth and hopefully Bev will sort her out tomorrow.
 
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