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How often should you get vet and dentist sessions for an old and retired horse?

How often should you get vet and dentist sessions for an old and retired horse?
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Same as a younger horse, vet for routine vaccines and any injuries/health concerns, dentist check at least once a year, float more or less frequently according to dentists' recommendation. Older horses inevitable begin to have dental issues... excess wear and lost teeth. It may require more or less frequent floating depending on the horse!
When my mother had horse they never thought of teeth floating. It dose make a huge difference even for younger horses. Its the way the teeth erupt and are grinded off often leaves sharp edges. The uneven surfaces and edges can prevent the horse from grinding the food small enough. I have one appolossa first time teeth done had large tongue ulcers because of the edges. She was super sensitive about her nose beind touched. Now i have my horses manually floated every 2 to 3 years. Power float is good but very pricy.
I would say the same as Lauren, appart from the vet. I'd ask the vet to come at least every 6 months, just for a little check up, nobody knows!
I'd say you don't need a vet appart from if there's something (vaccines, etc) and the dentist every year like a "young" horse but that's even more important because they already have some difficulties to digest so if they have teeth problems...
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