When you’re long in the tooth

Charlie gets a visit from the equine dentist

What — you thought only people go to the dentist? Nope. Horses need a check-up every once in awhile, too. And according to Dr. Trish, the newest member of our family is a bit older than thought. From now on, we’ll refer to Charlie as a ’20-something’. That’s fine because we have enough spring chickens around here. And up until two days ago they were good-for-nothin’ except consuming copious amounts of feed. Three of them finally starting laying eggs, though, so my opinion of them is improving.

But back to Charlie and his toothsome grin.

Inside the mouth of a senior horse

Take a look. Lest you think Charlie has some major malfunctions, he still has all his teeth. Yes, they’re a bit yeller, but yours would be, too, if you munched grass all the live-long day. He had a few sharp points that were gouging his cheeks, so Dr. Trish set to work “floating” his teeth. Now Oh! Charlie, as I’ve taken to calling him, can munch grass and hay in comfort, and continue to get fat and happy. At least that’s the plan.

Floating a horses teeth means grinding down the sharp points.

A horse would not readily accept this sort of treatment, so standing sedation is necessary. After a little shot of sleepy juice Charlie’s head started to droop and the weight of the world eased from his shoulders. Time to get to work. The black halter is attached to a lead rope which is used to keep Charlie’s head up. Next, the speculum (gray hardware) is fitted into his mouth. It keeps it open so she can reach inside with her hands and/or power tools.

It was fun to watch. Charlie didn’t mind a bit. And there couldn’t have been a more interesting illustration to prove to my son why brushing his teeth is so important!




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