Thursday, January 24, 2008

24th January, 2008 The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth

It's been a busy old day today. The two starters were ridden out on the inclosure and were both extremely well behaved especially considering it was just the second time they have been ridden since they arrived.

Julie's lovely horse, Chancer, had to go to the Barn Veterinary Surgery today where dental expert, Chris Pearce, removed two of his baby teeth. We were first alerted to a problem when one of Chancer's adult teeth popped out in totally the wrong place. Chris treated us as students today and explained that the roots of baby teeth are actually very long but they are normally dissolved by the adult tooth following behind them. In Chancer's case, the milk teeth had been damaged and therefore never crossed paths with the adult teeth. Accordingly, they still had really long roots which has to be fully excavated before the tooth would come out. Chancer was amazingly well behaved. Although he was sedated, he could still have been awkward but he just put up with all of it, loaded beautifully to go home and then ate a good feed of soaked Lucienuts.