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hello ma'am. my trainer told me that horse teeth should be floated because they hold the bit tightly when they are ridden. is he correct?

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Rohit,
No. I have never heard such nonsense.  Horse's teeth generally grow until they are in their twenties. Sort of like rodents. Their teeth wear down because of the kind of food they eat - fibrous forage. This wear causes them to develop sharp edges on the teeth. It will interfere with their eating,  in severe cases cutting the inside of their mouth and making eating painful. Young horses often get wolf teeth that need to be removed so as not to cause pain when hit by a bit because they are in front of the first molars. Not all horses get them. A horses should have it's teeth floated at least once a year. Some require it more often due to excessive wear or dental abnormalities like ramp mouths or wave mouths.

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Lyn Kamer, C.E.S.M.T.

Expertise

Training, alternative therapies, saddle fitting problems, behavioral problems, endurance riding, driving, Mustangs

Experience

Horseman of over 50 yrs., certified equine massage therapist, trainer both riding and driving, long distance trail riding and driving. Both endurance and competitive trail riding and driving.

Organizations
American Endurance Ride Assn., Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Assn., New Jersey Trail Ride Assn., Aromatherapists International, American Mustang and Burro Assn., United States Trotting Assn., Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org., US Wild Horse and Burro Association

Publications
Trail Blazer magazine, AERC Newsletter, Hoofbeats magazine

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Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Least Resistance Trainer, Certified Aromatherapist

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