I took my two big boys to the vet yesterday to get their teeth floated. For those who don’t know, horses grind their food in a circular motion. This causes the inside of the tooth to wear down faster than the outside of the tooth. If the edges get too long, the jaw locks together and the horse is forced to try to chew like humans, with their jaw going up and down. This does not allow for proper mastication and can cause weight loss as the horse is essentially starving. Once the horse reaches the age of 10, it is recommended to bring them in to have their teeth floated once every year or two. I’m not sure why, but my horses not only had sharp edges, but they also have fairly severe “waving” in their teeth (ups and downs like hills). Their teeth are supposed to be completely flat and not have waving in them. This means that I have to take them back in about six months to get their teeth floated again, and then again in six months after that. Ugh. In case you were wondering, horses are expensive. Just getting the two big horses’ teeth done cost $366. Taking proper care of large animals such as these is not for the faint of heart.
Blaze is a 15 year old Registered Appendix American Quarter Horse (1/2 Quarter Horse, 1/2 Thoroughbred). His great grand-sire was Spectacular Bid. Spectacular Bid was a race horse who won 26 of his 30 entered races between 1978 and 1980. He won $2,781,607 for his owners during his racing career, which was a record breaking amount at the time. He passed away in 2003, when Blaze was two years old. I remember mourning his death, though I never actually met the great horse.
I will admit, I’m a little worried about Blaze currently. He’s now 15 years old and he’s not picking up weight like he used to. After the vet floated his teeth yesterday, Blaze has been grinding the teeth on the left side of his face when he’s not eating. I’m going to need to take him in for a recommendation and/or second opinion and see if it’s something that I really need to worry about, or if he will be okay for six months while we wait to take him in for his next appointment. I’ll be making those phone calls on Monday. I worry the most about him because he is the first colt I ever raised and trained myself. No matter how much I love my other equines, none of them will cause me to stress and worry like this one. He’s had a lot of health conditions associated to being part thoroughbred. While thoroughbreds can be amazing animals, I strongly recommend other breeds if you are a beginning equine enthusiast as they can have a lot of health and mental, and temperament issues.
This is Taxy. He was born on 4/15/2004, so Tax Day in 2004. It is extremely difficult to get a flattering shot of him since he likes to follow you around and stick his nose in your ear. He loves to run and can outrun Blaze, though I don’t tell Blaze that. Riding him is very fun in an extremely terrifying way. I’ve never been on a horse as fast as this one that if they decided to buck, you know you’d be on your butt in a heartbeat. He is a purebred American Quarter Horse and his dam was the same as Blaze’s. I owned the dam, but their sires were different.Unlike Blaze, Taxy’s teeth are doing just fine now that they have been ground back down. He also has waving in his teeth, but he’s not grinding his teeth when his mouth is empty. However, it’s difficult to find him with his mouth empty because he loves to eat. And eat. And eat. He’s really fat. But it’s okay because he’s cute that way.
Then comes this little guy, Smokey. He weighs in at 475 lbs, is about 44 inches at the withers, and is the boss of the herd. I don’t remember his exact date of birth right now, but he was born in April of 2014. His dam was a miniature Hackney and his sire was an Icelandic Horse. It is an interesting mixture. Each of his hairs on his body is close to four inches in length making it an “interesting” experience to comb him out in the winter. He is not tall enough to be considered a great “Sport Pony” and he’s too big to be considered a miniature horse. He does not have the body of a typical pony, and their is nothing dwarfish looking about him. He looks very much like a normal horse… only half size. His personality is huge though and he absolutely adores children and peppermint treats. I had him meeting kids and walking around inside a church by the time he was 20 weeks old. The first time I saw him, he had just barely turned 16 weeks old and that mane and forelock were sticking straight up like a Mohawk. He had left his dam in the far pasture and taken off to meet the new people (my husband and me). I have no idea how tall he was at the time, but he only weighed about 175 lbs. He also knows what doors are for (so you have to be careful or he will let himself in/out), he knows how to open gates that aren’t locked, untie almost any knot, and get exactly what he wants.Since he is only two years old, he doesn’t need his teeth floated yet and thus didn’t have to deal with the vet yesterday.
I was planning on getting pictures of Smokey in his harness today, but the headstall had blinders on it and he did not like those at all. So I unharnessed him and brought the headstall inside (it was really cold out and the temperature was dropping, don’t judge me) to figure out how to remove them. Once they were removed, I went out to put the headstall on without the harness and realized it was too long for his little face, and so had to take it off and readjust the bit. It’s still too long so I need to punch more holes into it so it will fit correctly without hooking it to the harness itself.
I’m looking forward to when it warms up, or I am healthy again. Either way, my ear won’t hurt so bad when I go outside so I can spend more time with my beautiful beasts. I miss being able to just hang out with them for hours on end. Soon hopefully.
Peace, Love and Joy people!