This afternoon our equine dentist, Stuart Huggan, visited.
We had four lined up ready for him to see.
First up was Efstur. Dreki stood and watched.
We wanted Dreki to see that this was easy and non-panicky.
And then it was his turn. Dreki has recently been bitted so we wanted to have his mouth checked out. It is part of his health and training. Stuart found wolf-teeth!
So, he took off the sharp bits and filed down the edges of the erroneous wolf teeth.
The plan is to remove them on Stuart’s next visit in October. Dreki was very good about all of this.
The boys were returned to their field and then it was time for the ladies. First up was Fivla. This winter there was evidence of quidding (spits balls of semi-chewed food stuff) when she ate hay which worried me. Stuart found no sharp bits but she has a diastema (gap in her teeth) so that could cause this. There was nothing he could do and, as she is keeping the weight on now (she has a bijoux daily bucket), then we will just potter along.
Lilja watched …..
Vitamin, who has recently been losing weight, was seen. Stuart, keen as a whippet, was in there and removed a loose tooth. He said that should help. Vitamin never even noticed!
And so Lilja kept watching and then it was her turn.
Never before with anything in her mouth and she was as good as gold.
The sharp bits were unsharpened and Stuart said she had no wolf teeth – phew!
Sóley watched, vaguely interested. She has wolf teeth (FFS, what is the matter with my horses?) and they too will be removed in October.
And so, all done, Floss and I took the old ladies home.
And everyone rushed off, very pleased to see them again. Albie had been waiting by himself for his “mum” (aka Fivla) all afternoon. Awwww!