*****I apologize for any incoherence or poor grammar. I have had a couple drinks in me, and I’m currently sleep deprived and watching Westworld.***
Yes, I’m still flexing hard over Eve’s teeth. Like legit. This horse has had so many problems: leg infections, colic, eye infections, laminitis, punctures, weight issues (both too heavy and too skinny), soundness issues, out of control cushing’s – just to name a few. However, you know what isn’t a problem? HER TEETH. And not only are they not a problem, they’re in excellent condition. As a matter of fact, they’re in such good condition, our dentist said if he had to judge her age based on her teeth alone he’d place her at 18 years old. That’s 18 YEARS OLD. She was 16 when I got her, so she’s basically never aged? INCREDIBLE.
I gotta be honest though I was the worst at caring for Eve’s teeth. We’ve had her for 12 years and she’s maybe seen the dentist 6 times. And two of those times were the same year (she got them done spring and then fall). So Eve never really saw the dentist regularly until 2018, and it is 100% my fault for that neglect. But I guess that’s why we’re such a good match. The one thing I neglect is the one thing Eve excels at and can handle the neglect. But let this be a reminder to everyone to get your horse’s teeth checked once a year!
I’ve only ever seen Eve get her teeth done three times in my life. The first time was traumatic for both of us and that dentist didn’t make a comment about the condition of Eve’s teeth probably because she was around 18 years old, so it wasn’t noticeable. The second time was in 2018 and that dentist was a regular at my barn which is why I used him and coincidentally one that I matched with on Tinder. Thankfully, he didn’t recognize me so the appt wasn’t awkward. Eve was in her late 20s at this point, and the guy I remembered smiled and said, “Wow she’s got all her teeth at this age and none are loose. That’s really, really good.” And that was the extent. I was like cool, Eve has all her teeth nice. Genetics ftw.
It wasn’t until this recent dentist appointment where he was a really experienced guy and actually laid it out for me why exactly her teeth were extraordinary and what he considered an “anomaly” (my new word). He even brought a horse skull and showed me exactly what Eve’s mouth looked like, and what the teeth felt like floated v. not floated.
This next part is just a recap of what my dentist said about Eve’s teeth, which you’ve probably heard before. But I’m leaving it here just as historical documentation purposes. I will leave her dental record though so you can see her record yourself. It’s quite fascinating!
Recap of Appt
So when he first walked in, he didn’t recognize Eve because he had only done her teeth once before a year prior. We were new to the barn and had never met him, so he had mostly forgotten who Eve was. He walked into her stall and asked how old Eve was. He began explaining to me that horses at her age tend to have loose teeth or missing teeth and that it’s not a problem because there’s things that we can do to keep them happy and healthy. He took a look at her front teeth and commented about how good they look, so if her molars were bad, it wouldn’t really matter that much because the front ones are great. Then he took a look inside and almost immediately he was like “Ohhhhh, I remember her! This is the horse with the freakishly good teeth.” He commented over and over about how astounding her teeth were and what an anomaly she was because horses her age don’t have teeth like that. He said if we had just brought this horse to the barn and had no papers on her, he would’ve looked at her teeth and said she was about 18 years old because she has the wear of an 18 year old horse which is incredible. He couldn’t stop talking about it, and it made me really happy that for once people are complimenting Eve!
He was a really, really great dentist. He was so informative and passionate about it. Before he started, he checked her jaw for any soreness and asked me a bunch of questions about her behavior to see if there was a potential problem he had to investigate. He was extremely thorough. I asked him a bunch of questions too like if horses wear their teeth down with age then why aren’t Eve’s teeth wearing down like normal ones? And he said that most likely it was genetics and she just had really hard teeth. He said we wouldn’t have to worry about her teeth falling out for a “longgggg time.”
Eve was really good for her dentist appt as well. She hates her mouth and head messed with – and I’m sure it feels really weird to have your teeth filed down – but she didn’t give him any trouble unlike the prior visits. It was funny because Eve was visibly uncomfortable with the whole teeth floating thing, so she kept turning around and hugging me with her neck like looking to me for protection. Our dentist was even like does she usually look to you for reassurance? Because it’s really funny that she keeps looking over at you to help her. Lmao. I was like she only ever comes to me when she’s in some sort of distress like she’s hurt or nervous about something. She uses me. That’s generally how it goes.
But yeah, he said our visit was really easy and straightforward. It was just regular maintenance. She had no problems and if she keeps it together, she should – theoretically speaking – have no tooth problems for the foreseeable future, so that’s really really exciting.