My two friends who are experienced horse people in their 50's say NOT to have my horse's wolf teeth pulled. They say none of their horses have had this done and are doing just fine, even when the horses are ridden and a bit is used. However, I've heard other people say that it needs to be done b/c the bit can rub and cause pain/discomfort. My situation is I have an 11 yr. old horse who has never been trained- no bit, no saddle. I would like to start adding equipment and really get to the nitty-gritty of getting closer to being able to ride. However, I don't want to put a bit in if it is going to cause him pain and GIVE him a reason to dislike it, and then have to have dental work done and re-train that the bit won't hurt b/c of his Wolf teeth. If I were to have his Wolf Teeth pulled, what is the approximate cost, and how long does it take for this to heal? One of my friends said she thought this was an 'older school of thought', but I could ask around and see. As far as my plans for my little horse, I would like to see us be able to enter competitive trail riding or endurance riding and possibly some English classes, once we actually are able to ride! Please let me know your thoughts, opinions and experiences. I really don't want to put him through something like that unless it is necessary and highly beneficial. Thanks y'all! I appreciate it!