A big step for Brooke yesterday - trust the human. Brian and I were taking Christmas photos with the horses wearing a Santa hat ear bonnet. Armed with carrots, I made my way into Brooke's stall and rubbed the bonnet all over her neck after letting her smell it. I then fed her a carrot with my left hand while the right hand moved the bonnet up to her pole and as she was busy munching, she allowed me to put the bonnet over both ears. What a good girl!!! She also received a new blanket with a hood attachment. She wasn't quite sure about the hood thing, but after trying to itch it off, decided it wasn't so bad after all. Good thing as I did clip her and the temperatures are going to dive down into the single digits for the next few days. Looks like more groundwork instead of riding!
Brooke settled into her new environment pretty well. She tends to be a bit nervous about people but hey, she's only 3 and hasn't had alot of exposure to new places yet. My friend Jean noticed that Brooke was having issues chewing carrots. I also noticed she didn't want to eat her hay in the stall. Luckily Dr. McIlmurray was scheduled to come out to the barn on 12/2 for another horse. I asked him to check her teeth and the first thing he said after checking in her mouth was, "you haven't put a bit in this horse's mouth have you?" No, she had only been at the farm two weeks, and I was letting her settle into her daily routine.Well it's a good thing I didn't try to bit her as she still had her wolf teeth AND several large caps that needed to come off. Doc lightly sedated her and went to work on her mouth. He extracted the wolf teeth and also the caps that had huge hooks on them. You could cut your finger open with one of them - they were very sharp!
A day after having her teeth floated and removed, she happily devoured all her hay in the stall. She has also put on a nice amount of weight since she can eat comfortably now.
So the moral of the story is, have your horse's teeth inspected by your vet before you start any bridle work.
Onesingleyesterday (Golden Missile (A.P.Indy) x Talented Belle), or Brooke as she is called at the farm, arrived late on Sunday, November 20, 2016. She came from Pennsylvania, near the NJ border, from the New Vocations facility. It was a long trip for her - getting onto the trailer at 1pm and arriving at the farm around 11:30pm. She was one tired girl and very happy to get off of the rig. She settled into her stall right away and I am sure took a good long nap overnight.
Brooke's Video from New Vocations