Monday, April 9, 2012

Hope 'Floats'

This is my girl Hope.

The spunky girl who bucked me off
a couple of months ago.

I still have a lump on my butt!

Here she is looking pretty feisty
because her buddy Rosie
had been taken for a walk
and she was left behind.

She wasn't happy.

Here is Hope last week
after getting her teeth 'floated'.

The vet had to file some points off her teeth
 and to do this she was given a little sedative.
 You can see the wet spot in her mane 
where she got her shot.


She was feeling no pain.
 In fact the vet said she wasn't 
feeling much of anything!

Horses lock all their knees so they
can sleep while standing up.
Hope wasn't locking her right knee
so she was a little wobbly and
started weaving back and forth.

At one point I thought she was going
down...but she didn't 
and gradually came out of it.


Look at that droopy sweet mouth.

It's a far cry from the tight lipped 
mouth in the top photo.

I must say that seeing her like
this gave me a bit of satisfaction
and just for a fleeting moment
I felt like throwing a saddle on her.

I'm sure it would have been a 
much quieter ride
than the day she bucked me off!

I wish I had remembered to bring
my camera out while the vet
was floating both horses teeth
but I was too busy watching
what he was doing.

It was about half an hour after the
vet finished floating the 
girls teeth that they were
back feeding again.
Just like nothing had happened. 

If you're wondering how the 
vet 'floats' a horses teeth and why
they do's a little 
video on that subject.


Snooks said...

Pretty girls you have there. I love how soft horses noses are and how they use their lips like fingers. I think they smell good too.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

Anonymous said...

Poor Hope. Poor Maura's butt though. She has a cute head Maura with the cutest fuzzy ears! I some buckers and kickers today. That cold air, they just had to let it go!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Maura: Poor Hope, but after watching that video I'm glad she had it done. Must hurt to bite down on something with those points..Happy Monday..Judy

val's alentejo said...

What a lovely story about Hope and floating her teeth.
You have promted me to call the vet to check our horses teeth. must admit, we get a little lazy with it.
Hope is a beautiful horse ,has my colour hair! well back then anyway..
Glad it was only your but that got hurt. 3 spinal ops for me. cant ride anymore.
But horses are my favorite of all animals. i love them.
Thanks for sharing this Laura.
Happy Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

I love your horse! I'll have to watch your video of floating teeth...she does look dazed...poor thing..I like your blog...Mel's Designs..'n Harmony

Lynne said...

There is no doubt . . . we can learn somethingl new every day . . . video explained it clearly . . . Hope may be fiesty but certainly a good looking fiesty!

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Maura,

Precious "babies".

Prudence ♥

Kath said...

Lovely photos of Hope, she is just beautiful. I never had my horses sedated for their dentistry, they were always Ok, although their eyes would roll at the rasping sound!

NanaDiana said...

Awww,,Maura-She is gorgeous...just gorgeous. I had a beautiful quarter horse, Ginger, that I rode like the wind when I was a teenager. I adored her. I don't remember that she ever had her teeth floated-although that might have happened. She's a beauty...but sorry she threw you! xo Diana

Lavender Cottage said...

Talk about learning something new! I had no idea about this procedure and enjoyed reading what you wrote and seeing the short video.
Your Hope is a real beauty, love the profile in the first photo.
Hopefully she won't throw you off again, that's not very ladylike.

Beverly said...

Becky just floated Pete's teeth....we thing for the first time ever. Apparently none of his previous owners felt the need. His hooks were almost 2 inches long. OUCH!!! Hope is lovely....tell her "no more bucking!" I cannot seem to break Moonbeam of it. He tries every chance he gets and I am getting tired of it...I have to say!

Have a great day,

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Beautiful horses. Can you get dental insurance for them?

TexWisGirl said...

it is always the hardest thing for me to watch! ugh! :)

Colin Burke said...

i stumbled upon your beautiful blog this morning, home sick from work, and homesick for a home yet to be created. you inspire me! thank you for the beautiful images and the music is really soothing.

Melanie said...

Really makes me miss having them around!! We had them when I was a kid. I miss the way they smell and being nuzzled by them! Love your pictures, Hope is just beautiful!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a pretty horse Hope is. I had never heard of floating teeth. Thanks for the video. I learned something new today.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Hi Maura,
I didn't have any idea about floating a horse's teeth either!
She sure is a sweetie, though. Why did she throw you? Did you pinch her? ;)

Beatnheart said...

what a beautiful animal and sweet expression...i would love to give her and you a big giant hug.

Michaele said...

Just the other day I was wondering how you were getting on with your horse. So glad you posted more about her. Hang on tighter next time : )

wendy said...

well, having married a cowboy, and owning 4 horses, I know all about "floatiing teeth".
I have yet to be bucked off...and actually am very frightened of the whole thing.
I told hubby, The day I get bucked off, if I really hurt myself, that will be the end of my riding.
at 60...I worry about that kind of stuff.
Our horses are still yet rather "green"
I took 2 years of riding lessons, but still, am a little apprehensive.

Horses can be so fun..........and yet???????

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry she bucked you, but they're beautiful horses! =) I hope she's better, now! =0

My Little Home and Garden said...

The things I learn, Maura, popping by your blog!


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