Friday, November 30, 2012

Farm Friday: Straight From the Horse's Mouth

Couple weeks ago, the farrier was here.
And in the process of holding my pony Finnegan while he was getting his feet trimmed, I found myself with my hand inside his mouth.

OK, in looking back at that, I realize there are a whole lot of misplaced modifiers, let me  clarify...

*I was holding the pony, not the farrier. I don't mean I wasn't holding the farrier (please allow me a second to daydream......OK, I'm back), I mean the farrier wasn't holding the pony, I was.
*The pony, not the farrier, was getting his feet trimmed.
*My hands were inside the pony's mouth, not the farrier's mouth (please allow me...oh never mind, I need to get a move on, here).

ANYway, when my hand was inside the pony's mouth (and I have no idea why it was really there), I cut my thumb on something razor-sharp.

That's odd, I thought. Pony's teeth aren't really all that sharp.

So I did a quick on-the-spot dental exam, and realized one of Finn's incisors appeared to be broken. The top part, where it meets the gum, was pulling forward, and seemed like the whole tooth was about to come out. YIKES!  Without their incisors, they can't graze.  Without grazing, they can't eat, without eating, they can't live.  This was serious!

Soon as the farrier left (sigh), I called the vet, whose number I have committed to memory.

I explained the situation to the receptionist, and she put the vet on the line.

I recapped the sitch to the vet, and asked,

Is this something I need the vet for, or should I call the equine dentist?

Well, he says, how old is your horse?

Two and a half, says I.

If he's two and a half, that sounds like he's losing a cap.

That sounds serious.

Not at all.  At around that age, a horse's permenant tooth starts to come in, and it pushes the cap out.

So when can you come out?

I don't think I need to come out.  This is a perfectly normal process.  He'll do this again in about a year, and then the year after that until all his permenant teeth are in.

So how much will it cost me?

You don't seem to understand.  This is normal.  His tooth isn't broken.  The cap is just pushing out.

If I can find some other problems for you to work on while you're here, will I get a discount?

Nothing's broken!  There's nothing to fix!

I don't....I don't understand.  Horse.  Tooth.  Problem.  Vet.  Money.  That's the way it works.

I.  Don't.  Need.  To.  See. Your.  Horse.

Well, I guess if you're all booked up right now, I'll try to keep an eye on him.  If he doesn't appear to be in discomfort, and he seems to be eating OK and not dropping weight, then we'll just sit on this for a bit.

OK.  That sounds like a plan.  You call me if he starts to lose weight.

OK, Doc, thanks....

(Sheesh, you can't get good help when you need it.)


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  1. Funny, funny post Anne! You had me laughing out loud!! :)

  2. You are one funny lady! And this is why I don't have animals that require a vet coming to us. Although, it seems I might want a farrier...

  3. Wow, thanks for clarifying... it's all clear now... sort of...

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, so glad I came to visit you! Wishing you a vet-free weekend!

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤... Jennifer

  4. What a great vet! The one my pitbull sees is such a money grubber and he'd be there in a second PLUS be the one finding a bunch of other "stuff" we need to do! lol I used to be a vet tech so I can say this, I swear I care very well for our dogs, and this particular vet is like a used car salesman!

  5. HAH! What a funny post. I think I need a farrier now and I don't even have a horse ;)

  6. Lol!! I totally know that feeling. Little things never seem to go wrong, do they?? Just big things! I don't have a horse, but life is kinda like that :)

  7. I enjoyed your post and am following now . Great blog ! What a wonderful family you have . I was raised on a farm and believe me it was a funny farm to a hobby farm to be exact we did live off of our land and some livestock ! Always had something going on . I do miss it all, yes even mucking out the stalls lol ! Thanks for popping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment . Have a great day !

  8. Okay Anne, You had me at Hello! I love you and also your newest follower. Your a funny lady!! I hope you can come be part of our family too.
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

  9. hehe love reading your blog ! thanks for following me im following back.
    hugs xo

  10. great post! And you must have a great vet...i'm pretty sure most would charge you just for the call :P

    Love this!


  11. Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by and for all the comments and for all the new FOLLOWERS! So awesome.
    Glad you liked the post.

    Yes I have a fantastic vet.

    Yes I have a fantistic-er farrier.


  12. Absolutely hilarious. I didn't even know what a farrier was...until now :). Your poor vet...get it, poor because he won't come out and see your perfectly healthy pony :). Thanks for making me laugh!

  13. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. I'm a new follower on yours, and if you'd like to stop back by and follow mine, it would make me smile!

  14. awww it was teething .. is there a pony teething ring?

  15. Oh you made me laugh out loud and I don't even know what a farrier is. LOL!!

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  17. You crack me up. Thanks for brightening my day and thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! I am excited to see what you have to share this week.

  18. Whew, dodged that bullet! Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  19. Too funny! Thanks for linking this up on Tuesday Greens!



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