Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Teeth Float and P3 Xrays
Back from the vet. Cowboy had some hooks on the back teeth that needed to be filed off and few sharp points, but, all-in-all, not too bad.
While we were at it, I asked for x-rays of his foot--since we haven't seen it since the break occurred. My farrier was interested to see how much arthritis is in the coffin joint. He's coming out to trim on Tuesday, so perfect timing. as you can see from the picture, there is a bit of arthritis near the joint. The vet recommended I put him on a joint supplement--Cosequin ASU.
As for the head-shaking, she wants to see if the float fixes the problem. If not, she said we should try the sun-blocking mask with the netting around the nose--we'll just keep adding treatment if it continues.
Here he is getting ready for the float. Those of you who have never seen it done, they take a powertool (or hand file--"float") and file/grind off the sharp edges of the teeth. It's quite a work-out, let me tell you--I was worn out just watching her. They have to stick it way, way back there to get the hooked teeth. Unlike us, a horse's teeth continue to grow throughout their life and they wear them down from chewing. (Some of the back teeth don't have opposing teeth, so they grow "hooks"). Also, their nerve endings end at the gums, so filing them does not cause tooth pain like it would in us.
The next picture is of a leather bracelet my friend made and I purchased yesterday. She just started making them and they sell for $15.00. She can do pretty much anything you want, but I like turquoise. I may have her add some tooling. If you're interested in something like this, tell me and I'll give you her contact info or click on this LINK.
My back is almost all better. Guess I'm getting old. I think I'm going to trade out my daughter for her lighter, balanced ride saddle. My days of swinging up the 70# monster are coming to a close. I'll try it out on my next ride and see if it fits Cowboy. The next ride, sadly, won't be until next week because we're leaving town tomorrow. I hate to leave my animals.
Happy Trails, everyone--hope your days are as sunny and warm as ours have been.