What Is In A Horses Mouth
TEETH and a lot of them. A horse’s teeth grow 1/8 of an inch each year of their lives. If they don’t have perfect occlusion, the unmatched edges form sharp points. These sharp points lacerate the horse’s tongue and cheeks. If the teeth are not floated, you can imagine it becomes very uncomfortable for the horse.
I’m incredibly lucky to have Dr. Stubbs take care of our horses. He is a world renowned veterinarian who practices as an equine dentist in Texas.
I had a good equine dentist in Michigan before I moved to Texas 18 years ago. When Tom heard that I was using Dr. Stubbs in Texas, he was in awe! Tom actually apprenticed under Dr. Stubbs. He believes there is no one better than Dr. Clay Stubbs and I have to agree with him.
I learn a lot every time I assist Dr. Stubbs while he floats my horse’s teeth. Dr. Stubbs invented the concept of using pneumatic tools to grind down the sharp points that form in a horse’s mouth. He also invented the tools to do it. When I was a child, veterinarians used a rasp like tool to file horse teeth. Those old files couldn’t even come close to doing the thorough job that whirling power tools can do. Dr. Stubbs loves having me put my hands into a horse’s mouth before and after he floats their teeth. The difference is amazing! I can imagine the horse thinks it’s amazing, too.
Good dentistry is not cheap. Sometimes my budget is stretched so thin, I have to wonder if I can afford Dr. Stubbs services for all of my school horses’ mouths. Then I think about the hours of service my horses give me. Of course, I always end up figuring out a way to pay for every one of my horses to be taken care of. In my horse world I am always weighing needs versus wants, such as good dentistry versus a new saddle. I could really use a new saddle for myself right now. But not today. Today, I paid the bill and had the pleasure of learning more about my horses and more about life from my good friend Dr. Stubbs.