“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Floating Away

Yesterday was a busy day for all of the equines.
Dr. Becky came to float teeth.

Equine teeth continue to grow throughout their lives.
They keep them ground down by the process of chewing...
at least the chewing surfaces get ground down.

As a result, hooks tend to form on the edges of the teeth where chewing does not occur.

These hooks can be sharp and cause discomfort, and even tears, in the 
inside of the cheeks.

Every couple of years Dr. Becky comes to "float" the teeth.

You may wonder why the name "float" the teeth.
It is a British term meaning to file the teeth.
A float is a file.

Sedation is used to make the horse relax.

The mouth is irrigated with a large syringe and water to remove
and food particles,
and an oral speculum is placed inside the mouth and ratcheted open to visualize
the inside of the mouth.

Then the teeth are inspected and felt for sharp prominences.

Those hooks, and sharp points are filed down until the tooth is smooth.

It's a fairly simple procedure but requires a bit of strength and endurance.

Two hours later we had 7 sleepy equines with lovely smiles!
Everyone was well behaved and tolerated the procedure quite well.

After the teeth are finished, she heads to the other end of...

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