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QUICK! Horses with kinda bad teeth
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jamo    Posted 06-17-2002 at 12:18:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We found what seems to be the perfect horse for myself and my girls. He's 12yrs old. He was so gentle, well mannered, gentle and just the perfect disposition for us.(we are totally inexperienced)MY concern is that he has what appears to be 2 bad teeth. One is on the side and their ferrier suggested pulling it before there was a problem. The other tooth is right in the front and looks like maybe he might have chipped or broken it. It also looks decayed. They have no problem having these teeth repaired before purchase. Are there any problems that might arise from this? They are asking $1500, and they live 2hrs away. I really, really like him. Should I buy him? Some suggestions pleasae.

LH    Posted 06-17-2002 at 19:15:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Th price doesn't sound bad to me for a 12 year old horse who oughta have another 20 years in him easily. Get a good vet to check the teeth. Horse teeth normally only need to be floated of they are chipped or worn badly, since their teeth continue to grow their entire life they usually don't get cavities like people get. If there is an abscess make sure they treat it good with an antibiotic first before pulling, or the infection can spread.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-17-2002 at 12:45:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
That kinda sounds high for a 12-yr-old but maybe my wallet's outa date. Tooth trouble is the number one reason to sell a horse. If the seller has several horses and only wants to sell this one, that speaks volumes. Also, why hasn't the dental work already been done? What else hasn't been done? If the seller isn't afraid to have you talk to his vet, you'll increase your odds of getting a straight story. If he hesitates, hang firmly onto your money & run! A horse can't eat enough to stay sound without good teeth & they don't accept dentures. :)

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