Today I had a few items that didn’t quite make up one blog but were blog worthy.
HERE WE GO!
1) GEOFF TUCKER, THE NATURAL DENTIST
A while ago I wrote about Geoff Tucker (linked here). He is an equine dentist back East who doesn’t use sedatives or a speculum. Wow! I found him on You Tube and decided to show you his very informative videos.
I just wished I could try him out myself… the videos made a believer out of me. Especially since my horses always seem so groggy and sore after they have dentistry yet the horses in his video seemed happy and relaxed.
Anyway, lo and behold, one of you readers contacted Dr. Tucker and had him come out! Below is her report!
Recently you wrote about this guy who floats teeth without sedation or
a speculum. Since it was time for teeth to be done, I decided to give
him a shot. As with you, he responded quickly to my email…I live in
SC. I asked about availability and price and found out that his
charge is $180 per horse and he was available in May. Since the price
he quoted was considerably more than I was accustomed to paying, I
thought twice about it, but decided to let him do one horse, and a
boarder agreed to allow him to check out her horse, and do what was
necessary. Her horse had not been done for a little over 2 years, and
it had been a little longer than that for mine.
Geoff and his colleague arrived right on time and were both very
professional. I must admit being a bit skeptical about someone
sticking their hands in these horses mouths. One horse is a fairly
high strung TB, and the other is also very fidgety and can be somewhat
reactive. I even was thinking to myself…”they’re going to say these
horses are exceptions and they need to lightly sedate them”. But I
was wrong. In no time, they had their hands in both horses mouths,
and I could only say…”I can’t believe you are doing that.”. Their
response was that they love it when people say that.
The next thing that impressed me was that after checking the TB’s
teeth, they told me they were in great shape and didn’t need more than
to file a couple of minor points, which was done at no charge. I
decided at that point to bring in Diego, my main riding horse. He,
however, needed some work. But neither horse had anything major going
on. They were very informative, pointed out that Cruze (Horse #1) had
one wolf tooth, but it was okay for it to stay, just filed it, and
Diego has “flabby cheeks”, and so they worked to make sure those side
teeth were rounded off so as not to cause him discomfort.
All three horses were cooperative, and there truly was “no drama”.
They have been much more reactive in the past when the dentist has
come, with her stand and speculum and dremel. And it was so nice to
not have to have them drugged, and sore afterwards, as they have been
in the past. Both dentists were patient and took many breaks to give
the horses time to decompress, although not much was happening anyway.
They used a gentle but firm approach, and were completely
comfortable, which I think transferred the horses. When done, all
quietly went back to eating their hay. We spent some time talking
about nutrition and shared other interesting information.
I would definitely recommend this team, and plan to have them come
back! I did tell them I learned about them from Horse and Man, and
thought you should know.
2) AN UPDATE ON SPIRIT, OUR JULY BUCKET FUND MARE
Our July Bucket Fund mare is Spirit. She’s young. Only 8. She ran with a herd of 24 (including a stallion) over a large property. The poor thing is blind which is a difficult fate when running in a herd. Spirit was badly battered, bloody, injured, skinny and a wreck.
The friends at BHFER picked her up (she’d never been trailered) and brought her to safety and warmth. Here is the story in case you missed it.
Good News: The great news is that she is handling herself well and settling in. And, once she has gained some weight and can mentally endure another trailer ride, they are going to bring her to a specialist to see if there is hope of restoring some sight in one of her eyes!
Here is an update from Theresa from BHFER:
· She was born with a small eye – she has Microphthalmos of the right eye – a genetic disorder.
· The left eye sees a small sliver of light – we would like to address this by having Dr. Dennis Brooks examine it and giving us his opinion – maybe there is some sort of surgery that can help her? But first we have to build up her immune system and get her well – she is fighting infection and has a ways to go.
· She has a LOT of bite marks – she was clearly beat up repeated over time – some of the scars are old.
· There was parts of fence wire, old tires, and other items laying around the property (30 acres) that she could of certainly gotten caught up in. It had to have been pretty scary for her – especially when the herd would run – and there were cows.
· She was living with a stud and colts. She could be pregnant but her body is in such poor shape we’re thinking perhaps she didn’t have an estrus cycle. I was told she has only had one baby.
· One stud herded her badly – he kept herding her away from me for awhile but then I guess he realized I wasn’t going to do any harm – he seemed to genuinely care about her. I made friends with him in order to get close to her. I spent quite a bit of time with Spirit that first day I met her. Once I got within about 15’ of her I sat and observed her. She’d walk, I’d walk. Once she got used to “sensing” me being there, the stud came over to her to move her away, and she stood her ground!
· The owner told me she had been sent off to be bred at some point but then later he told me she had never left the property and had never been on a trailer before.
· Her mouth is full of cuts and blisters and she has sharp teeth – she needs an appointment with the dentist as soon as she is up for it.
· There is a cut inside of her mouth (up under her lip) that starts on one side and follows the lip all the way to the other side making eating a little painful and difficult.
· The vet is concerned about possible sequestered bone at the location of the face injury.
If you’d like to donate to the Bucket Fund and Spirit’s recovery, click here.
3) EQUION FROM A READER!
I always talk about Equion as one of those supplements I cannot live without. I’ve used it for 20 years and it is a great all around product with no frills – just good results.
–This is the product that my trainers always ask me, “What do you use to make your horses look so healthy and their feet/coats so strong and shiny?!”. It is Equion.
OK, so one of you readers purchased some and this is the letter I received today!
EQUION IS OFFERING FREE SHIPPING THROUGH JULY 14TH so if you are thinking of ordering, now is a good time! Here is a link.
S’all for now!
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So happy to hear that Spirit is coming along!! Also, could you recommend a weight builder supplement?