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Friday, June 29, 2012

Farm Friday - Floating

Couple weeks ago I had the vet out for a farm call. Horses and goats were due for shots.

Horses also needed their teeth floated.

For all you non-horsey folk, floating means filing

(I have no idea why).

Big, long, metal rasp gets shoved in their mouth and scraped back and forth over their teeth while their mouth is held open with a speculum, which closely resembles some kind of horrific medieval torture device.

The speculum is new to my vet's practice. They used to just use an unobtrusive little mouth guard, till one of the vets got his pinky finger bit off.

It's all fun and games till someone gets their finger bit off.

While it may be safer for the vets, the horses are not pleased with the process.

They require sedation.

Would you sit still for such a procedure?

Yeah. Me neither.

Bella and I captured a few pictures for you....

Now everyone go call up your dentists and thank them.


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  1. I have never heard of that! Poor horses, but I know it has to feel better when it is all over. I hope so anyway...

  2. Came over from the Friday Farmgirl Hop...I had heard of floating, but had no idea what it was. My 8 yr old daughter desperately wants a's looking less and less attractive.

  3. Believe me MamaHen and BoPeep, I had never heard of floating either, till I got into the world of horses. There are many things not "attractive" about the ownership of livestock. This is one of those things... 8-)

  4. I think I might need a speculum for brushing my toddler's teeth. If it's humane enough for a horse, it's gotta be okay for a toddler, right? Thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. Worth a try, Neal! Have you lost any fingers yet?

  6. Wow this was fascinating I really do not know that much about horses only cattle and we have never had a tooth problem. B

  7. @Bttons, I guess it's a problem in horses more-so than cattle since horses only chew their food once, whereas cattle regurgitate it to rechew? Idk, I'm totally guessing.
    @tiaras, not to worry, they were fine. And they should be good to go for a couple years, given their young ages. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. One must endure a little pain for the sake of the bigger picture! Happy you are taking such good care of your animals.

    Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week. xo



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