February is Pet Dental Awareness month and we began with a brief overview on what’s inside the horse’s mouth.

If you missed it you can go back to Will Delta Dental Cover My Horse?

…So now you know about the incisors, the molars and the other bonus teeth some horses might grow.

You also now know that horse teeth are continually growing.  Most domestic horses have imbalances and this causes uneven chewing and wear.  Uneven chewing leads to hooks and cut-up cheeks.

It’s for this reason that we have the floating procedure.  This is a highly undervalued aspect to horse-care that many horse owners both green and experienced often fail to understand or address.  Today I want to go over the basics of a routine exam so let’s cover the 5 Ws….who, what, where, when, and why.

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The thought of going to the dentist fills me with dread and anxiety.

Since I was a kid dentists have poked, prodded, and made me bleed.  I was cursed with soft teeth.


I broke a tooth biting into a store bought Macintosh apple once.

I brush my teeth twice a day, floss when needed, use mouthwash.  I avoid sugary drinks.  Yet ever since I can remember a trip to the dentist means drillings and fillings.

It’s not the drill, no.

It’s not the filling, no.

It’s the scraping and stabbing with pointy metal mini-jousts, the bright lights in my face, water and junk building up in my mouth with the inability to swallow, the jaw pain, the blood, and MOST CERTAINLY the Novocain shot.

I LOVE NOVOCAIN, but the shot is the worst part.  No needle should be in the mouth EVER.  On top of it the dentist rarely shoots me with enough so he has to poke me again when I start flinching.

If you want to torture me…dentistry is the way to go.

Today I just lost a filling on a bite of Quaker Oatmeal Squares.



Now I’m heading to the dentist to get in repaired…and to get needles poking around where they don’t belong.

But enough about me, this comes perfectly at the time for Pet Dental Awareness Month, which begins today!

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Remember Equine 101 last month?  We’re still going despite laptop hiatus, rough winter, holidays, and moving.

Although it’s been a little bit of time I want to get back into it….Refresh your memory!  You had some holiday time off from me so you can visit Equine 101: Anatomy Part 2: The Skeletal System to review before taking the quiz.

…and if you don’t do well you can always do it again!

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Recently I realized something about myself. One of my biggest pet peeves about winter is not being able to pick paddocks.  The piles accumulate and freeze.  It gets worse with snow because the manure glares at you among the beautiful white powder.

“Oh you want to scoop me up and have nice looking paddocks? Haha…no.  Oh and I broke your pitch fork too by the way.  That was a cute gesture though.”

– Horse manure

I’m one of those people who likes things to look nice. I work for a couple of my friends and I like to make sure that their barns look fantastic when I leave. It can be so annoying when I leave the paddocks in this state there’s really nothing that can be done until spring or until we get a heatwave.

Unfortunately due to the need to make extra money and the process of our moving this past weekend there is no Equine 101 this week.  Hopefully I’ll be a little more awake and unpacked for next week so until then have a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate.  Happy holidays to all of you.
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Good horsemanship follows a solid understanding of the horse and it’s physical makeup.  In order to assess the horse’s well-being you need to have good working knowledge of what you’re looking at, and what is hidden by the skin and fur.

A couple weeks ago we began our physical anatomy with Equine 101: Anatomy Part 1: Parts of the Body. Let’s get down to the bare bones and look at the skeltal system of the horse this week.

Although imperfect, a mashup of a skeleton (pixabay.com) and a horse (wikipedia).

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