Kobi goes to the Dentist

Or more accurately, the dentist came to Kobi!

Periodically horses need to have their teeth ground down since they eat and chew things unevenly.  The more pleasant term is having their teeth ‘floated’.  But grinding is a much more accurate description. 

Since Kobi chews on his bit like candy, his need to be done more than most.  He’s a very cheap date and doesn’t take much to be sedated.  Once sedated, he gets a clap like thing in his mouth to keep it opened so the vet doesn’t get bitten.  She looked around in his mouth and while Kobi didn’t have too many sharp points, he did have broken tooth!  It’s all the way in the back, but since it’s on the bottom jaw it’s not connected to any sinuses so there shouldn’t be any problems.  Dr. Kristen (AKA, the best vet in the world) said to keep on guard for any bad breath odors or if he stops eating, then he might have an infection – but since it happened some time ago, the gum all around it completely healed, it should be fine and might even fall out without me knowing it.

She had no idea what he might have done to break a tooth.  It’s too far back in his mouth for a bit, she actually speculated he might have been chewing rocks!  The only thing now is he’ll have to have his teeth done every year to keep the top tooth from growing too long since it has nothing to grind against…not too bad considering!

For those of you who have never seen a horse having their teeth floated – it really is a sight to see…I’ve posted some pix below!  Notice the far away look in his eyes – I think he’s back in Nevada!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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