Ah, Spring. FINALLY! Actually, in Northeast Ohio we skipped Spring and went straight to early Summer. We had snow still falling clear up through mid-April and then BAM! We've been hitting the 70's the past couple of weeks and it's glorious.
Springtime has a lot of meanings. New life, fresh starts, clean abodes (Spring Cleaning) and for people with horses, it means a lot of $ expenditures. People who shoe their horses for the summer are getting the iron nailed to their horse's hooves, many have the vet give annual vaccinations, massages, chiropractors and dentistry. All to make sure our ponies are the healthiest and soundest they can be before the riding season gets underway.
Monday May 4th was Guinness and Beezley's day to get their teeth inspected and floated. Good thing too, because there were issues with both horses. If you've never watched a horse get it's teeth floated, it's quite a different experience involving Mouth Speculums, specialized power tools and buckets of antiseptic liquid to keep everything nice and clean and sanitary.
|Bucket 'O Tools|
It's generally convenient to perform the procedure in the stall, as the horses are given make-you-dopy medicine and sometimes they need a wall to lean on to stay obliviously upright while the dentist does his work. Guinness was skeptical of the goings on at first, and with good reason. Nobody really likes going to the dentist. Or having the dentist come to you, for that matter.
|"I'm not sure what's going on, but I'm pretty sure I don't like it."|
Once the dopey drugs are allowed to do their work (about 30 seconds) our Equine Dentist was ready to start his work. Guinness was a little extra dopey from the drugs for some reason this time, so we backed him into the corner of his stall and I held him up by pressing on his hip to keep him leaning against the stall wall.
|Sleepy Guinness Zzzzz......|
|Beezley getting some extra love from his momma.|
That's about the extent of interesting extracurricular activities for me, it's been more work than play.
Ride Safe All!
~The Road Queen