Friday, September 2, 2016
Leah's Trip to the Dentist: Wolf Teeth Extraction
Yesterday, we took Leah to the dentist. The trailer ride there was AWFUL. She was nervous, as usual, and the freeway was crazy busy with Labor Day traffic and, to top it all off, there was an accident, and we were diverted around it at a snail's pace. A section that would usually take 2 or 3 minutes took 30. The only way we survived was to inch forward and grab the brakes anytime she started to prance around in the trailer. My usual veterinary clinic is accessible without taking the CRAZY freeway, but this Doc was highly recommended for equine dental. We survived.
On inspection, Leah had two wolf teeth, and the one on her right side (the bracey side) was very pointy. When the Doc extracted it, it flew out of her mouth and under the mats. We didn't retrieve it. The tooth on her left (when you're in the saddle looking down) is pictured here.
According to Horse.com, 13-32 % of horses develop wolf teeth and it can happen in either geldings or mares. Some erupt, some don't, and there is a big variation in what they can look like. The upper wolf teeth (they can also occur on lower jaw) can cause problems when you whoa or turn--anything that drives the bit upward onto that wolf tooth.
Will it solve our problem with the bracing to the right? It sure won't hurt. There were also some sharp edges on that side, but they weren't that bad. There wasn't any bleeding or abscess, just a little roughing up of the cheek, probably not a culprit in the bracing, but who knows. Only time will tell. Because of the extractions, she can't be in a bit for 10 days.
We let her rest for 30 minutes before taking her home. The trailer ride back was wonderful...under heavy sedation.
Leah is an EXTREMELY sensitive horse. If I look at where I'm going when I'm riding, and sit deep in my seat, she goes to where I'm looking with almost no aid. So, I wonder, is she picking up my own nervousness at trailering her and getting more amped up? Maybe I should be the one taking a tranquilizer before hauling.
One thing she's great at though is being on the ground. Once she was out of the trailer, she was a doll. The vet techs loved her.
Speaking of trailers. I thought it was time to give mine a makeover. My husband and I went to Home Depot last night and got 10 2x8x16's.
When we got home we thought we'd just run out there and pop the old ones off and replace with the new. Unfortunately for us, the screws were so old (the trailer is about 14 yo.) they'd morphed into the metal. I had to put all my weight onto the drill and, even then, could only get about 10 out. Today we're going to use a hollow round drill bit and saw the wood off around the bolts--then, we'll chisel them and cut them off at the base. I can't live very long without a trailer!
I'll share pictures of our big remodel in my next post.
Happy Labor Day Weekend!