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Remember to Smile: Dental Check

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"Ahhhh..."

Contrary to first impressions, that's not the interior of a Hippopotamus you are viewing, but rather, the mouth of young Forrest, having his teeth floated prior to our first ride. My vet, Dr. Bibi Freer, was also giving him a "bit seat."

Dr. Bibi and Forrest

Dr. Bibi and Forrest

By the way, kids, I've had quite a few emails concerning last week's blog regarding "Forrest's Farrier Jam." Many of you wanted more information to take to your own vets and farriers about how to set up a session. I would direct you to Dr Freer's website, www.freerequine.com and would also like to mention that the modest $200 collected from each recipient is used to hire clinicians to conduct clinics or seminars on lameness, forging, basic shoeing and therapeutic farriery. How cool is that? This creates the opportunity for the group to afford well-known clinicians that will present a clinic in an intimate setting that the local farriers and veterinarians would not have access to otherwise. 

To date, the Freer group has had three clinics with internationally known farriers and veterinarians as guests. Even though the forging clinics are more valuable to the farriers, the veterinarians also take home a lot of useful information which enhances their understanding of farriery, a win-win situation to be sure. So feel free to take the idea and run with it!

I was quite relieved that Forrest presented no wolf teeth or hooks, but expressed puzzlement that he would have so many sharpish points and ridges when his last race was in October. It just seems his teeth would have been in better shape. I was reminded that a young horse's mouth changes quite frequently, and that Forrest's teeth probably were seen up to six months ago and he would need checking again this winter. 

So now I know my boy is completely comfortable in his mouth and, happily, is working better and better over his back on the longe—hold on to your (hard) hats! I believe our first ride is just round the corner!

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