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Identifying dental problems as early as possible is important. There are several factors that come into play at a young age that might increase treatment needed, or make a remedy even possible: loss of food while eating; eats hay before his grain; grain in water bucket; difficulty chewing or excess salivation; loss of body condition; large undigested food particles in manure larger than one quarter inch; head tilting or tossing; bit chewing; tongue lolling; tries to rear while bridling; fighting the bit or resisting the bridal; bucking or failing to stop or turn; foul odor from the mouth or nostrils; traces of blood in the mouth; or nasal discharge or swelling of the face. Other horses may not show noticeable signs, because they just simply adapt to their discomfort.
We feel horses can not have their mouth adequately examined, nor their teeth properly floated without sedation. If you chose to use someone that does this without sedation, don't expect to get as complete a job done. In addition, if someone who is not a vet has illegally acquired drugs and wants to administer them to your horse without the proper training, or the medication or equipment to handle an unexpected reaction, you put yourself and your horse at risk.