Friday, August 7, 2015

Don't Like Dentists? Consider Being a Horse.

One of my least favorite times is when the horses need their teeth floated (filed down). The saying "long in the tooth" (which means getting up in age) comes from the fact that horses' teeth never stop growing. Often, sharp points will form on the horses' teeth which prohibit them from properly grinding their food. These points need to be filed down or broken off by the equine vet or the horse may begin dropping weight as they can't get proper nutrition. If more extensive dental work is needed, an appointment with an equine dentist will need to be made (they typically travel within a regional territory they serve.)

The horse is given a sedative to keep them calm, but they still have to remain standing (and often get pretty wobbly). A special halter is put on them with an iron mouthpiece that allows the vet to keep their mouth cranked open. Their head is raised and their chin is rested on a stand that always reminds me of the music rests band members use.
Here Gem is getting a rotten molar extracted. It took a lot of pulling and wiggling back and forth with a pliers and the vet's hand to finally break off the last root to remove the molar. Yes, I spared you the blood. :P
Here's Zim getting his teeth floated.
Open wide!

He's pretty out of it.
The vet has an electric rasp in her right hand and a small flashlight in the left. The electric rasp (file) has a foot-pedal operation and seems much easier on the vet and horse than the old manual rasps. Those always seemed to move around in the mouth and cause more bleeding and injuries (yes, more blood.)

To check the look of the teeth, the vet will grab the horse's tongue and yank it to the side so they can see inside the mouth better. After they think they've got all the sharp points and uneven ridges filed down, they'll take that mouthpiece off and move the horse's jaw in a circular grinding motion to see if they'll be able to grind down feed, grass and hay without catching a sharp point. If it doesn't feel smooth enough, back in they go! After they're done filing, they squirt several rounds of water into the horse's mouth to rinse out any loose tooth pieces. The whole process always gets me a bit 'squicky' (i.e. squeamish and icky). After the vet is finished, the horse dozes off a bit, and then resumes grazing like nothing happened. Thank goodness. :)

So, the next time you're squirming in the dentist's chair for a cleaning or cavity filling, consider it could always be worse.
Not Gem's tooth, but one extracted from an old mare we had previously.
Linking to Saturday's Critters

167 comments:

Revrunner said...

Great photos, Tex. I think this is a first for me. I've helped deliver a calf but I've never seen a horse's tooth extracted. :-)

LV said...

You are so smart on many subjects as well has using your camera. I have the up most respect for your ability to do so much. Back in my day, the poor animals did not get the care they needed as now. Well done!

Mary Kirkland said...

I've always hated dentists. A few years ago I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth surgically extracted at the same time. The oral surgeon fractured my jaw while doing it. Fun times.

CatTales said...

I had no idea about horses and their teeth! I will never complain again!!! lol
Have a nice weekend.

Robin Lamb said...

T. Yikes, what a performance! I'm like the horses, I hate the dentist too! I didn't know that about horses teeth. So you taught me something new today!

rainfield61 said...

Oh a horse story.
The horse has to go through its life cycle.

Stephen Hayes said...

Nobody enjoys going to the dentist, even horses.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, WOW!! I had a couple of horses many years ago, but I didn't have a horse story like this one!! Considering how I feel about trips to the dentist, I can only say "Oh, poor guys!! Open wide!! Hope you have a great weekend -- and no trip to the dentist for you!!

RedPat said...

Wow - I had no idea, Tex! The poor horses must hate to see the vet coming! I wonder what happens to wild horses and their teeth?

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; OMG!!! Today's post of yours have so many surprising facts for me. Oh poor Gem and Zim but the care is what they need to get. I sure agree what you mean by the title of this post and the closing words:-)
Thanks for the idem "long in the tooth", I double checked with the pc dictionary p;-)
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Liesl said...

Hi Teresa, I have never seen a chin rest being used in South Africa,most interesting and looks like the dentist can do a much more thorough job.I am sure both horses are feeling much more comfortable now. Good job!

Liesl said...

Hi Teresa, I have never seen a chin rest being used in South Africa,most interesting and looks like the dentist can do a much more thorough job.I am sure both horses are feeling much more comfortable now. Good job!

MarmePurl said...

Hiya T! So interesting. Everyday I learn something new is a good day. This post should last me a week.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, I had not ever heard of this because I have never owned a horse. Thanks for sharing even if it is a bit hard. I am glad Gem did well (you too!). Have a wonderful weekend!

S. J. Qualls said...

That was interesting. I didn't know how that was done without losing a finger or two. Thanks for sparing us the bloody scenes!

Daffycat said...

Wow. Just wow.

Bruce Clark said...

Very interesting show and tell.

joeh said...

Looks like a very difficult job.

Michelle said...

We do not own horses, so I can't say I know too much about their care, but this looks awful! Glad to hear they go about their business afterwards like nothing happened. It looks a bit traumatic!

Red said...

It's really amazing what vets do to treat animals. I'm sure your dogs get a similar treatment.

Rose said...

Oh, wow, have heard of this but never seen it....

Julia said...

Treating a horse is no small thing. One of our large animal vet got his ribs broken when a horse he was treating fell on him. he was off work for a long time.
Thanks for the show and tell. It's pretty amazing.
Hugs,
jB

Nancy J said...

what we take for granted in life, I will always be thankful for the vets that take care of any teeth.

Kathy said...

Great post with great illustrations and super facts! I better take an aspirin. My jaw is beginning to hurt!

Andy Wilson said...

Did not know that. Interesting.

Barb said...

Theresa! This gives me the willies! I've been in a dentist chair with my mouth pried open and nowhere to go. Glad the horses don't seem the worse for wear afterwards. Maybe the dentist should give me some horse meds!

Dicky Bird said...

Have had the vet do this too. Their teeth do get sharp!

Ela said...

Oh, poor horses ! I do not like the dentist !
Happy weekend :)

Stephanie said...

A learning curve today seeing your horses teeth being worked on. Thanks for sharing this as I had no idea they had to go through this like us humans. At least we get to lie on a chair.

Munir said...

Oh my goodness. The poor horses. I had no idea. Ouch!

messymimi said...

Horses do require a great deal of regular vet care. Of course, it does not surprise me at all that you stay on top of it this way.

Paula said...

Awww bless those horse's hearts. But I know it needs to be done. Nice informative post.

GreenComotion said...

You are a great caretaker of your family.
Good Karma, Theresa!
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots illustrating equine dentistry. Gem and Zim look like perfect patients. I wonder how wild horses keep their teeth in good shape.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I'll never complain about going to the dentist again! So interesting to see how it's done these days. So nice that you take such good care of them.

Annette Mickelson said...

You described that very well. I think I suffer more than the horses when they get their teeth done -- like you said, they are pretty out of it.

DeniseinVA said...

Wow, this has been a real education.

Gail said...

I feel for them.

I know the dentist that does the dental work for the incarcerated uses no deadening. I think that is a bit cruel and unusual punishment.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow!!!
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Bethany Carson said...

Oooh, and now I am very glad I am not a horse! My trips to the dentist as a human have been traumatic enough (and I've only been there for a few fillings)! Very, very interesting post!

Gert said...

Wow! I didn't know this...why has no one ever told me that before?? Lol you know all,the shows show them messing with their hoofs! Thanks once again for a lesson well learned!
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McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Long in the tooth also comes from the fact that people's gums recede as they age, making their teeth appear longer. When I was young, I was a dental assistant. As a vet tech, I assisted with dentals on critters. Never a horse, though. This was interesting!

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Paul said...

Aquiline dental horror stories, ugh! I'm not a big fan of the dentist and like Bethany already said, glad I'm not a horse!

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

And after all this they must feel satisfied. The horses are very kind that stand so still. Great picture, Theresa.☺

mick said...

What a process! I am pretty sure I wouldn't be any good as a helper to the vet. I reckon you must be pretty brave!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Though I spent a full year working in stables, there was a lot for me to learn in this post, Theresa! I think I was spared the worst of the horses' dental work, probably because the stable owners knew I would be feeling more queasy than any of the horses. After that year, I went back to teaching, and kept my horse (Sam) for eight years before he had to be put down due to a problem caused, and hidden by unscrupulous horse people, before I knew him. (Long story to how I acquired him, a thoroughbred off the racetrack, at age 14) Raymond (the best stable guy, ever!) must have had Sam's teeth floated while I was at work. I wonder how horses in the wild manage. Anyhow, very interesting post. Many thanks!

Marit Sønstebø said...

What a job! I hate to go todentist myself, but it seems that is even worse for the horses. Nice photos! :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Teresa - extraordinary photos .. a great tale of life in horse world. They'll be better now for a while - like us! Cheers Hilary

Midmarsh John said...

Amazing how most animals just get on with life after dental work or surgery. Hard to imagine how an animal feels as you can't explain things to them, just give reassurance.

Ms. A said...

Oh, wow, I had no idea! My little sister had horses, but I never did. I just had kids and dogs.

DIMI said...

Hello Tex!
Oh,my!I really don't like dentists!!Poor horses!!
Great photos Tex!!Have a happy weekend!
Dimi...

Rajesh said...

Interesting information. I had no idea before that even horse also has to get the dental work done.

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW! What a performance. I can see why they are sedated. I never knew horses teeth kep growing. So I have earned something today. Good to see all the shots of the action. Have a lovely weekend.

Brk Trt said...

That's very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh how I remember this from the olden days when Bud and I had a horse....But, looks to be much more 'modern' now than when we had to have it done.

I love your horses!!!

Fireblossom said...

Horse dentistry! Who knew?

Anvilcloud said...

I'll file this under the "You Learn Something New Everyday" category.

Yes, I agree with "squicky" and commend you for the word.

Sandra said...

since i hate all things dentist, i am suffering right now from extreme empathy for your sweet horses... ouch and owie.... poor guys, having to stand while medicated is hard enough. i did not know any of this. so wonder what wild horses do... and i shudder to think what a horse dentist charges

Brian King said...

I think the sound is the worst part - makes my own teeth ache! :-) Our dentist doesn't sedate for his work and he just uses the ol' hand rasp. He's very good, though.

DJan said...

Arghhh! I could just feel the dentist working inside those mouths, based on my own dental experience. And yes, I am definitely glad I am not a horse! Great pictures and commentary, though. Glad that's over! :-)

Max said...

I love horses! This animals and very nice! I greet from Poland and I invite on my blog! :)

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, poor thing.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

This is something I never saw done when I had horses. I'm glad that my mare, who lived to 24, never had to have it done. I'm not sure I could have taken it. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to see this post, though; even the photos and narrative made me a little "squicky."

Linda Kay said...

As a white knuckle dentist patient, this made me cringe for the poor horses.

Debbie said...

i have never given a thought to dental work for horses but now i realize, this service is as necessary as a vet!!!

i loved seeing 2 "girls" in the field, good for them!!!!!

Snap said...

My goodness ... I learned a lot today! I wish my dentist made house calls ... ha! Happy Critter Day!

Birdman said...

The life of an 'on the road' vet must be one filled with adventures... and blood too. Thanks for this information.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Yikes! I had no idea that horses had to go through that, poor things.

William Kendall said...

The horses must be glad that's done and over with.

Gunilla Bäck said...

I hate going to the dentist, but I'm glad I'm not a horse! :-)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

My goal this year is to get to the dentist! Almost ready to make the call. I had no idea that their teeth continued to grow. This was a very interesting post.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I had no idea any of this was ever done or even necessary. Makes me wonder about wild horses; how do they manage? Not a job I would want to do. Great informative post that had me squirming in my chair. I feel a little woozy now. Thanks!

*Podróżniczka A* said...

Sometimes horses also need a dentist.
Regards:)*

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my...that is a HUGE tooth! It's so nice to see horses taken care of so well. Hugs!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Wow... the nitty gritty details of horsiness. Thanks for sparing us the blood!

don said...

A fabulous step by step account of this involved process I, and probably most of the bloggers, learned something new today. A fine set of pictures accompanied the report. A high quality and unique post
you outdid yourself today, Theresa.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

You have to be strong to be a big critter vet or critter dentist.

Your post reminded me of the last time I got a tooth pulled when I was a kid. The dentist had a hard time of if twisting and yanking. I thought that he was going to put a foot on my chest at what point to get more leverage.

amanda | wildly simple said...

I knew about the teeth floating or filing, but had never actually seen it. Good education right here!
Poor Gem and Zim, but I know they'll be better off for it. They're lucky to have your care!

Side note... Before I became a Mom, I had planned to go to school to be a dental hygienist/assistant. Through the years since, I've often been glad that didn't work out. There's probably a lot more squicky stuff involved than I'd bargained for. ;)

Have missed keeping up.. glad to be back around. Hope you are well!!

Ileana said...

I do not like the dentist! Poor horses!

EG CameraGirl said...

EW! I don't blame Gem and Zim for feeling uneasy when the dentist arrives!

thepoodleanddogblog said...

I had no idea of any of this. You could not pay me enough.

nookworm said...

This is a wonderful and educational series you have posted. And when there is no more tooth to grind down, they can be fed moistened alfalfa cubes, with all sorts of other goodies that are easy to chew and swallow. Our 30 year old pony love her mush!

I was once told that the wild horses have enough grit in their grass to keep those sharp points from forming and grind down the teeth naturally.

(I have thought of other necessary yucky procedures but am sure you wouldn't want to post them!)

eileeninmd said...

Oh wow, what a process! I think Zim and Gem deserve a big treat after being such good patients. Dental visits are not my favorite thing to do, I feel for the horses. Thank for sharing this procedure, it is all new for me. I love your horses. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Phil Slade said...

Goodness, I didn't know any of that. Owning horses must be a big (and expensive) proposition. Thanks Tex.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Wow! I never realized what dental care was like for the horses. It must be difficult seeing your babies receiving their dental care.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

Wow, thank you so much, i didn't know these nuances about the maintenance of horses. very informative

gracias for sharing, mi amiga

Grantham Lynn said...

Wow we've had many, many floats but never an extraction. I heart vets they sure do help us out alot especially our large animal. They work so hard. People have no idea. We've spent many cold and rainy nights outside with colics. I always pray for the vets when the weather is extreme.
Sorry I didn't make it over to link. Since I have a post up and I am off next week. I'll be by.
I've just been so worn out on Thurs. and Fri. I don't get anything posted.
Hope you have a great party.
Enjoy your weekend.

Inger said...

Ouch! Makes my recent rootcanal seem like a piece of cake!

ellen abbott said...

wow. doesn't seem very genetically smart for horses' teeth to grow to the point they can't eat.

Sally said...

Mama Mia - no thank you. Poor horses. :(

xoxo

Lynne said...

Learning something new every single day . . .
WOWSIE . . . happy they were given some kind of sedative . . ,
Huge Toothies!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Holy cow... or horse I guess ...yikes I had no idea .... definitely my new thing(s) to learn for the day.

dhiru guri said...

Never knew about such procedure. That must be painful to him

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I say when my knees give out and I can't hike (bike or jog) any more I'm getting a saddle horse. This is great education. ;O)

Flat Creek Farm said...

Oh my, Zim and Gem are beautiful babies! Looks like an ouchy (but necessary) situation. Thank goodness there are experts in this field. I cannot imagine a DIY tooth floating on my donks!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Oh my, I especially loved the Killdeer and the Oystercatchers, Eileen. We used to see both around here, at least once in a while, but I think it has been two years since I've seen either. You got some great photos! I also love the Egret on the fence, the little bunny, the butterfly, the snake, the turtle.. let's see I must have missed a couple. Let's just say I enjoyed your whole post :)

FOREST SNAPPER said...

The worst part of these procedures is to come,...........paying the vets bill!!!!!thats painful. Great photos.


peter

Our photos said...

Oh dear, stressful times for the horses. Hope everything went well !

Evelyn S. said...

One of my friends (also is our hair person!) recently posted pictures of her horses undergoing the same procedure. :-)

magnoliasntea said...

Oh my, what a day, what a tooth. O.O

magnoliasntea said...

Oh my, what a day, what a tooth. O.O

Buttons Thoughts said...

Wow I have never in my life seen this. It is truly fascinating Thank you for opening my eyes to why they have to open their mouth and it is called floating teeth. Fascinating. Hug B

Alica said...

We occasionally find a cow's tooth in the feed trough. They only have bottom teeth...is that the same for a horse?

Wayne said...

Theresa, your posts never cease to amaze me. I'm glad Gem & Zim are ok. It's s way more complicated process than I ever thought.

Wayne said...

Theresa, your posts never cease to amaze me. I'm glad Gem & Zim are ok. It's s way more complicated process than I ever thought.

bj said...

My goodness...that's quite an ordeal...
bless their hearts...at least they get drugs....:)

KB Bear said...

OMG! I hate the dentist but I wouldn't survive if I were a horse having my teeth floated. Whew.

Stewart M said...

Crikey! Thats a hell of an operation.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Linda said...

Oh my! I did not know about this!

Joyful said...

Your description reminded me if my recent trips to the dentist. I'm glad vet dentists have figured out how to work on hirses. & that your horses seem to get back to grazing with no apparent issues. That horse tooth is huge!

Joyful said...

Your description reminded me if my recent trips to the dentist. I'm glad vet dentists have figured out how to work on hirses. & that your horses seem to get back to grazing with no apparent issues. That horse tooth is huge!

Betty Manousos said...

ouch!
never knew about such procedure. great post, theresa!
xoxo

Indrani said...

Technology has reached the horse's tooth too! Great post.

NatureFootstep said...

ouch, poor horse! But it might be better in the end. Never seen this being done before.

Lois Evensen said...

What a really neat post! Thanks, Theresa!

Hugs from Port Canaveral,
Lois

Anni said...

ps...thanks for stopping by this weekend to visit me at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Yep, never too crazy about teeth floating for the horses. I do like this post, Tex. Very informative but poor Gem... I am sure she is doing well this morning! That looks like a comfy barn!

The Queen Jester said...

OMG! I've never thought about this process, never heard of it before. Thank goodness there are vets able to come out and do this procedure. Makes me doubly glad to have small cats.

Jeevan said...

I ever know such treatments given to horses and horse tooth keep growing! Glad that they didn’t feel pain after the process...

Farm Girl said...

Do you know they won't come out and do that anymore around here. If you need your horses teeth floated you have to trailer them in and they give them a sedative, then they do it.
I am glad I don't have any horses anymore. I couldn't believe how much things had changed when my horse needed some care. They also threatened me with calling the SPCA because they said my horse was too fat. :( He wasn't, he was a huge 18 hands, ranch horse.
That is a huge tooth.

Montanagirl said...

This is a first for me as well. Guess horses need dentistry at times, just like humans!

Susan said...

Your horses are so blessed to have someone like you to look after them.. What an unpleasant experience, but much better than not being taken care of.

Hope all is well with you.

Kovács Miklós said...

Hello! I'm here again back from my summer holiday.
Very very interesting post. I have never seen horse dentist. Thanks for sharing. Fortunately I'm not afraid at dentist.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
No, not for me for being an equine dentist!
Neither for having to watch those big pets being handled in their mouths!!!
Hope all is fine and that this is not too often...
Hugs,
Mariette

Marie C said...

This was a fascinating post, Theresa! You just never think about all horse care entails if you aren't a horse owner, but I know it takes a lot of care! This was so interesting.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Hope the horses are doing okay after the dental visit!

Lowcarb team member said...

Now that was a different post!

Animals or humans - does anyone like a visit to the dentist? Sometimes very necessary though.

Hope the horses are doing ok now.

All the best Jan

Justin Carfagnini said...

WOW. I had no idea that's where that old saying came from, and I had absolutely no idea that horses had to go through this. Extremely interesting stuff!!!!!

Handmade in Israel said...

A bit 'squicky' but fascinating all the same!

diane b said...

Well I never knew that. Things you learn in blogland. Its amazing how the horse stays standing or doesn't act up.

"...E...", from VA, Beth said...

i can sympathize. that is so no fun at all. i don't like the dentist at all. yucky. what is it like 2 times a year i go. or is it 4 ... i loose count. whatever it is it is too too often for my liking. ( :

HighPlainsFlyFisher said...

I can't stand to be around when my wifes horse gets his teeth floated. I've already got a fear of dentists and the sound of that file on those teeth just sends shivers up my spine!!

Halcyon said...

I imagine this is pretty painful... poor lady. I have never seen a pulled horse's tooth. It's giant!

SweetMarie said...

I had never thought of dentist for horses. I can't stand the dentist! I'm behind with my visit now. :( I know your babies are in good hands because you're such a good mommy. :)
Hope all is great with you and your new adventure!
hugs to you all,
Marie

Pantherka said...

That's very interesting.

ladyfi said...

Yikes - poor horse!

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh wow!!! And now I know what "long in the tooth means."

Gail Dixon said...

Okay, I did not need to see this before my dental appt. in 2 days. LOL I had no idea horses had to go through such a process for a healthy mouth. God bless you for taking care of your horses so well! And thanks for sparing us the blood.

Quynh Le said...

I seems to me that the horse don't mind the cleaning!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

It looks like a big job for the vet! That mouth piece is interesting and smart. Good thing they sedate them a bit- I can't imagine the horse would be very cooperative otherwise. Thanks for sharing this- otherwise I'm quite sure I wouldn't have ever seen anything like this on my own!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I hate the floating too. It always seems so miserable for them. Luckily, my horses are usually so fat that our vet checks their teeth and unless there is a really sharp point, he says we can wait it out. So they don't get floated as often as most.

Can you do me a favor? I tried to change my comment notification email thing in hopes that folks set up on google can start getting my comments again. Can you let me know if it goes through? If so, yay, but now I will have to remember to check the other email once in a while, lol.

Lukasz W said...

Beautiful:)

Helma said...

It seems to me the horse is not really pleasant when its teeth are to be auctioned. If he has a rotten tooth or a broken tooth, then it must be nice but is different. You have made a very nice series of :-)

bon bon said...

Wow, how interesting. Glad it's infrequent. Probably just as stressful for Mom!

NC Sue said...

I featured horses at my weekly linkup as well - check it out at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/say-yes-to-neigh.html

Adam Jones said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading that post Theresa. I must say, I cringed at times and don't fancy that job at all. Just the thought of a file in my mouth makes me shudder.

handmade by amalia said...

Oh, that looks painful. Not that fond of the dentist myself :-)
Amalia
xo

Cranberry Morning said...

Those poor horses! I'm surprised that they don't run away from home! Thanks for sharing this with us. We'llll have a greater appreciation for horses and veterinarians, I'm sure. Do the horses get a free toothbrush or sticker? ;-)

Laura. M said...

Muy buena la información Teresa!!!

Magia da Inês said...

✿˚° ·.
Interessante... nunca tinha visto um procedimento dentário em cavalo.

Tenha um bom dia.
Beijinhos.
♪♬ه° ·.

Daniel LaFrance said...

I've seen this done, and most horses do a good job as the patient. It is certainly a workout for the Vet/Dentist.

I get laughing gas to relax; I find any visit to the dentist very stressful!

Janey and Co. said...

I learn so much reading blogs. Poor Gem and Zim!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

OUCH... even with sedation! I'm sure it was worth it in the end though!! Pretty much how I feel about the dentist's visit anytime! Man, oh, man, that's a BIG tooth! blessings ~ tanna

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That is such a big tooth I had to come back for a second look!

Small Kucing said...

I have no problem with going to dentist. Hmm...not easy to be a "dentist" to horse. can be dangerous.

Filip Demuinck said...

Oops that looks terrible. I would hate it.

Greetings,
Filip

Lux G. said...

I LOLed on the title. :D
It's my first time to see this though. What an experience, huh?

Michael Manning said...

It's tough to see, but God Bless the poor horses who need to maintain dental hygiene!

Ron said...

I guess horses don't like the dentist any more than people do!

Debby Ray said...

Wow...that is an interesting post! That tooth is something else too! Thanks for the lesson in Equine Dentistry 101 :)

pattisjarrett said...

Wow, this is all new to me. Thanks for the lesson. I will appreciate my dentist more now. Maybe she needs to give a shot to relax me!

Mary Cromer said...

Whew that is quite the big procedure and as much as I have been around horse, horse owners, horse barns, I have never seen that done before. Happy you are still posting. For some reason I thought you were not going to be on much any longer and so I am so happy to get to stop in. Happy weekend~

Busy Bee Suz said...

Who knew that learning could be interesting?? I've always known that horses need proper care with their teeth; this was so interesting to learn how they do it though. Those poor babies; so glad a sedative is given first.
Hey, I love your squicky word; I'll keep that one in my "made up word" arsenal.

Joe said...

Interesting series. Never helped work on a horse but I'm an old hand with cattle.

Made by KKann said...

Wow - impressing - both the vet and the horse are doing good.

Mari said...

Oh wow, I've just found this post now. How interesting, I've learned something new. Ohh it seemed like very difficult for tge vet dentist and the horse but they all looked fine during the process. Good thing is they wake up like nothing happened. At least your horses are taken cared of. I wonder what happens to those who are in "less better" conditions.

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