One woman. One horse. 48 states for Domestic Violence Awareness

Check back often for the latest updates and stories from Meredith and Apollo as they journey 10,000 miles on a four year ride around the USA.

Apollo Gets a Visit from the Dentist

Just like you, horses need regular visits from the dentist. 

Apollo got a full dental exam and had his teeth floated (the sharp edges filed off) and is so much happier now.  He had a lot of sharp points on his teeth that were making his cheeks sore, so now he can chew and wear a halter comfortably.

If you've never seen a horse get their teeth worked on before, here's a look at what it involves:

The horse starts off by getting a sedative.  Not enough to knock them out (although Apollo did almost tip over when it kicked in, straight sideways like a cartoon horse), but enough to keep them from panicking over the work being done in their mouth.

Then they get a special contraption strapped to their head that is essentially a vice to keep their mouth open.  The vet ratchets it to be just open enough to reach back, but not so much that it makes their jaw tired.

The vet then files down the points and other spots where the horse's teeth have worn unevenly.  This can be done with a hand file or a power file.  There are pros and cons to each, but an experienced operator can do an excellent job with either tool.

When they're done, the horse gets to "sober up" for a while.

Although I'd seen this done numerous times, this was the first chance I'd been given to feel the teeth before and after.  The difference was amazing!

No comments:

Post a Comment

You are invited to join the conversation!
Please keep the following in mind when posting your comments:
- You do not need to register to comment
- You may comment anonymously
- You may post questions, and I will do my best to respond in a timely fashion.
- You may disagree. But please do so respectfully.
- I reserve the right to delete inappropriate or rude comments.
- You are the sole owner of your comments.
- You grant me license to publish your comments in another venue, royalty free and without limitations, including in a blog, book, video, or presentation.