Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Tooth Fairy

I am pleased to announce that the tooth fairy is real.

The Tooth Fairy is an equine dental school, the American School of Equine Dentistry.  They attract students from many countries, of all abilities.  The Tooth Fairy was here in Fort McCoy at Making Tracks Trail Rides, giving dental care to about 20 horses, Pam's Jeremiah included.  Many of the students were young, but many were older veterinarians learning how to care for horse teeth.

It was quite an operation for this non-horse person, but I learned a few things.  Horses in the wild don't need their teeth done because they graze about 18 hours a day, wearing down their teeth.  Farm horses usually don't graze and eat hay and feed, so their teeth can grow spurs which sometimes extend into the opposite gum causing sores and ulcers.

Horses are drugged for this procedure.  I'm not surprised, as you won't be when you see some of the photos.

No horses were injured in the photographing of dental school.  :)

Looking for a new career?  Equine dentistry may be for you.

In the midst of all of this dental school stuff, I saw Corey's (one of the owners) dad.  I asked if I could take his photo.  Thankfully, he said yes.

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