Yesterday was a big day for the ponies, which if you ask them was not an entirely good thing. The vet came to the farm to float their teeth or for those of you unfamiliar with equine terminology, file the sharp points off their teeth. If you are now cringing at the thought of having the points filed off your teeth, let me assure you the procedure is uncomfortable at worst and is necessary for horses and ponies to maintain their health and quality of life.
Unless you have a working knowledge of all things equine, chances are you have never heard of ponies and horses having their teeth filed. That's ok, if you've never been around the equine species you would have no need to possess this information. Simply put, horses and ponies wear sharp points and edges on their teeth from the process of chewing and masticating their food. At the very least these points and edges can prevent a horse from being able to break down their food enough to get the nutritional benefits necessary for them to be healthy and thrive. At the worst they can cause painful sores in the mouth which can lead to the decline in a horses health and strength.
The process itself takes little time. To start, the ponies were given a bit of sedation necessary to keep them calm. While the feel good juice is kicking in, their mouth is flushed with water in order to remove any food or hay in their mouth. Now they are ready to have the speculum put in their mouth, which is necessary to keep their mouth open allowing the filing to take place. It is secured in place by straps similar to a head stall. Next, the vet springs into action. With a miner's light attached to his head and a file attached to a small, cordless drill, he inspects the mouth and then begins filing. And a few minutes later they are good as new, ready to eat pain free! If the truth be told the procedure was hardest on Jackie who bore the full weight of each of the ponies heads during the process.
Like any pet or animal you keep, there are things you must do to keep them both happy and healthy. That is not only our responsibility, but I believe it is the promise we make to our animals when we bring them home with us. Matters little how big or how small they may be, the promise is the same. Animals know who takes care of them and in return we reap an abundance of love and loyalty.
Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.
Our vet is Dr. Caleb Jenkin. The top picture is Cisco. She went first. Now it's Chester's turn.
Last but not least, Hershey. He is so dark it is hard to see him!