Thursday, May 5, 2011

Baby Teeth

Sadly, I have not been motivated to blog lately, not because nothing exciting is happening, but because I am pretty tuckered out after teaching all day, doing horse chores, making dinner, riding two horses, spending time with my son and helping him with his homework, cleaning the house (sometimes), and all that good stuff.  :-)  Most nights, by the time 10PM rolls around and I have just finished folding the third load of laundry and still need to take a shower because I smell like a horse, I am not exactly excited to get online much less write something entertaining.

Anyway, at the beginning of April, the horses had their spring shots.  Everything is routine and it is usually a pretty easy visit.  I have their teeth floated in the fall, so that way not only can I spread out the huge veterinary expen$e$, my vet can also examine everyone every six months. 

Both Dreamy and Sparky have uncomplicated mouths and teeth.  Reva, on the other hand, is a bit more of a challenge. The first time I had her teeth floated was the fall of 2009, about four months after she came to my farm.  She needed one of her molar caps removed and the vet commented that she seemed a bit behind in her tooth development patterns.  Read here to see pics.


Then this past summer I randomly found one of her teeth on the barn floor!  LOL!  Read here...

And luckily this past fall her teeth all seemed fine, just a bit slow developmentally.  Some of her caps were still on pretty tight when they "should have" already fallen off and things like that.  But overall things were good.

I knew I might as well have my vet look at her teeth when he did spring shots.  I had heard her teeth making odd noises when she chewed hay (well, to be more exact, I heard her TMJ 
[ temporomandibular joint] making noise.....uh oh).  He found that her two top outermost incisor caps were hanging on by threads.  So he pulled them both...cha-ching $40!  :-p  (Now I have FOUR of her baby teeth....LOL!) But the lower outermost incisor caps were tight.  I am keeping a close eye on them, as they might not want to come out on their own.  At least these are her LAST two baby teeth!  Phew!  After he pulled the two caps and balanced out the rest of her mouth, the TMJ noise went away.  I, of course, was worried about the TMJ noise and the possibility of her having problems with TMJ disorder, but the vet was not too concerned at this point.  


I jokingly told the vet I might as well make some jewelry with the four baby teeth.....HA HA HA.  I could have the molars on a necklace and the two incisors as earrings!  (Kidding!!!) 

3 comments:

Kate said...

Thankfully Pie had already shed all his baby teeth by the time I got him at 4 and 1/2 years - now we just need him to finish growing in his molars.

STB Eventer said...

You are super lucky Kate! Reva turned five this past March and still has her two baby caps left. Such a pain! :-)

Kate said...

Ahahahaha. Ohhh, I'm sure my expression was priceless as I read that last paragraph there! I couldn't help but picturing the erm... jewlery. Cadence was 5 1/2 when I got her. I had to have her teeth floated, but other than that, her mouth is all grown up :P I shoud clarify: all horses have to have their teeth floated, babies just need it more often. Obviously. I should just shut up while I'm ahead...