Thursday, 3 July 2008


Echo had her wolf tooth out yesterday! I was a real squeamish idiot and couldn't be anywhere near when the vet did it - I'm awful with teeth - I'm bad enough when I'm going to the dentist, let alone watching my horse have a tooth pulled out!

She's never been sedated before and she looked so sweet - her chin was nearly on the floor, her front legs wide apart and her back legs wobbling. The tooth was bigger than the vet had first thought, but it came out very easily apparently and he then rasped the edges of the teeth around it, while she was sedated, so he could get to them properly. She spent the next twenty minutes propping herself up with her head on the stable door, but then suddenly perked up and started to eat, which I thought was a pretty good sign that it was all feeling ok.

I turned her out and have been told to give her about three days for the gum to heal, then I can ride her again. From the size of the tooth, I am not surprised it was getting in the way of the bit - I'm pretty sure that it was this that she was flicking the bit over in her mouth, so we shall see whether it makes a difference to her left contact.


Gecko said...

Phew, I'm glad everything worked out okay, I can't imagine what it would be like watching your horse get a tooth taken out, it's bad enough for me watching my horses getting their teeth rasped!!

Pony Girl said...

Glad it went well!
I couldn't watch either! I have a strong dislike for the dentist, too! I need to have two wisdom teeth pulled and I've been putting it off for years.
My gelding needs his teeth checked and floated...I'm nervous to see him under sedation. I guess I'm afraid something will go wrong! I'm such a worry wart horsey mommy! :)

Beckz said...

Haha, I think any sort of surgery is cool as long as its not on me. You should notice a difference really quickly eh.

Grey Horse Matters said...

I'm sure you will notice a difference in Echo when you start riding her again. Glad you got it taken out. Did you save it and put it under your pillow for the tooth fairy? Just kidding!

Echo said...

Eeuuwww! I could barely look at the tooth! But when I did, I was amazed by how tiny the root is - how do they ever stay in!?

Daily adventures while training my young horse.