have read up on wolf teeth and everything that I have read has talked about wolf
teeth being pulled in younger horses- yearlings and two-year-olds. What about
older horses, like seven and up? You mentioned age having an affect on pulling
wolf teeth, but what is that affect?
have a seven year old gelding that still has his wolf teeth. I have had him for
a year and he has not shown signs of them bothering him until these last couple
of months, so I started to read up on them. Is it possible to have his wolf teeth
pulled even at his age?
Thank you very much
for your time,
It is best if you have your
veterinarian look at your aged gelding to determine if pulling the wolf teeth
would be better than leaving them in place. It is different for each horse and
every veterinarian has his or her own preferences.
young horses, when the wolf teeth first come in, the roots are shallow and more
easily separated from the jaw bone than they are in older horses. When I have
observed wolf teeth being removed on mature horses, the veterinarian uses a variety
of dental elevators to push the gums away from the wolf tooth before extraction
with forceps. Sometimes, if the root has ankylosed (fused) to the bone, the root
is broken when the tooth is extracted and part of the root remains in the socket.
This may or may not cause a problem.
rather than take any chances with wolf tooth removal in older horses, your veterinarian
might prefer to cut and file the tooth down to the gum. Sometimes this alleviates
the problem the horse has with the bit.
read more about dental exams and wolf teeth, refer to my photographic guide Horse
and check out this article