This is a legitimate question to one who is not familiar with this procedure. It seems so awful, and cruel towards the horse at first glance. Sometimes not everything is as it seems. In the horse world it is called “floating a horses’ teeth.” It can be a life saver for neglected horses because these painful, sharp tooth points interfere with eating and drinking.
Horses teeth do not stop growing over their life. The expression “long in the tooth”, comes from the horse world. An old horse is described as being ‘long in the tooth’ because their teeth grow longer as they age. Because of this growth, horses need regular dental care. This procedure is called ‘floating the teeth’. In simple terms it is like filing one’s fingernails. Floating grinds down the sharp, uneven surfaces of the teeth. Many times sharp, painful points are formed on the teeth. In the above photo, Dr. Rhode is feeling around Duke’s mouth to find the sharp points. These points are what need grinding down. They can cause pain in the mouth when eating, and could cause problems with digestion as well.
Horses are sedated before the procedure is started. In the above photo Duke is obviously not feeling too much pain. A bright light is attached to the mouthpiece that holds his jaw open. In the below photo, it has been circled in a green marker.
His heavy, sedated head is resting on a sling. A close look in the above photo shows Tracy’s gloved hand holding the pole steady. Tracy said Duke was very good because he did not shake his head from side to side, which makes for a very difficult job. I was very thankful.
After the points had been ground down, tarter was removed from his canines. This was the last thing to do. Duke’s dental appointment was over. Good, good horse. Great vet and assistant.
I am not able to post the video for some reason. It can been seen on my Instagram account @primaryfarmoperator.
History Note: Before hand tools were available for this job, it had to be done by the vet with big heavy files by hand!
I tell folks I like to take photographs. That is about as far as I dare myself to go. To call myself a photographer is just too big. To be a photographer one must know what one is doing, know their camera inside and out (not!), and how to get just the right image.
It is a big title—a photographer. Same as calling oneself a painter—oh my! It is true some of my photos have won prizes, in small shows. I do sell note cards with images I thought would look pretty on cards, and a couple photos hang in the homes of kind folks.
So the main reason I take photographs is because I cannot paint it! This post is to share with you photos I have taken. It will be a joy should they bring a smile to your face or recall a pleasant memory. Please let me know the ones you like! It is always fun seeing which ones ‘speak’ to folks. They all tell a story of some sort, yes? Share your thoughts with this amateur you-know-what.
Note: This blog was written on Saturday, May 12, 2018. In my haste to get it out, I failed to press the ‘Publish’ button. I was out of town and was not able to get it out. So, I send it now with belated Happy Mother’s Day wishes. Though late, the wishes are still heartfelt for mother’s everywhere.
Motherhood. Not the popular, most celebrated occupation; pay is not great; hours are long, and many times lonely; no gossip magazines producing glamorous photos of it; or waiting in line to interview those working diligently in this occupation. Yes, it seems to be a rather unpopular profession. It takes guts to be a mother.
Yet for those that want to embrace it to the fullest, it is an occupation of joy, riches, and times never to be had again. Life is ephemeral. Childhood is too. It is an exciting way to go into a time one will never see. That is through our children. So as you celebrate being a mommy or grandmother today, enjoy! Give this not-so-popular profession a thank you for all it has offered to you through your momma and to all it offers to your children because of you!
Happy Mother’s Day! Here are flowers from our farm sent specially for YOU! Happy Mother’s Day!!