I am a videographer in Portland, Oregon with a love for all things horses. Originally from Minnesota, my childhood was spent on racetracks across the Midwest. I am currently training my dream horse with hopes of excelling at dressage and Parelli. I have a Cairn Terrier, Ellie, and an old cat named Winston. I am fortunate to have a pretty nice boyfriend who understands and supports my love of horses. My blog helps keep a record of my successes and failures and helps friends and family enjoy the journey with me.
I am getting close to using a bit on Maddy, so I wanted to get her teeth floated and wolf teeth checked before starting. We had Dr. Alan Blanke from Epona Sporthorses out this morning to do three horses. Queenie the draft mare was up first. She is such a sweet mare, I just love her. If I could afford two horses, she would be mine. Queenie has had a tough week. She got kicked in the shoulder and chipped a flare on her front hoof. Her owner told me it has been an expensive week. I was not sure of Maddy's previous dental history. At her vet check, it was suggested that she get them floated in the Spring. After Queenie woke up, it was Maddy's turn. She was a trooper and did really well with the sedation and got woozy pretty quickly. To anyone who has never seen this procedure, the contraption used to hold the mouth open almost looks medival. You put it on like a halter and it opens up the mouth so the vet has access to the teeth. I assisted by putting my foot on the base of the head support and holding her tongue. The vet uses a dremel tool with all sorts of sanding heads to grind the teeth down. There is lots of noise and debris. I got to wear safety googles. Upon inspection, Dr. Blanke noticed one wolf tooth coming in, so I had that removed. It is a little thing, that he seemed to pop out easily. Not too much blood, but enough to make me feel bad for her:-( We waited with her in the stall for her to wake up. We passed the time by making her beautiful by pulling her mane. The vet told me Maddys teeth had "ramps" as opposed to "waves." I stayed with her for about two hours afterwards and gave her applesauce laced with some Bute. I am told no bit for at least 10 days and no grain for tonight. Total bill was a mere $286...ouch for me!