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Wolf Teeth.......why such a bad rap?
At this point in my veterinary career I’ve done thousands of oral exams on horses and know that the mention of no other tooth gets such a response from horse owners as the much maligned wolf tooth. Yes, this fabled tooth will strike fear. My question is ‘should it?’ Let’s see if a little discussion on the matter can calm the panic.
‘Wolf tooth’ is a colloquial term for what is technically the first premolar in horses. This tooth is a vestigial remnant, meaning that at one point in evolution it may have had a purpose, but its sole purpose now is to interfere with the bit. Commonly found in both males and females, the wolf teeth are small and erupt more often on the upper arcade, sitting just in front of the large ‘cheek teeth’. If they are going to erupt at all then it is generally by one year of age.
The good news about wolf teeth is that they are fairly easy to extract. Wolf teeth possess a relatively small root and can be extracted by your veterinarian on the farm. For many males they are extracted at gelding, but can also be removed by an equine dentist after a little sedation and local anesthetic. If the crown should fracture and the root is left above the gumline then two option present themselves, to either dig the root out or leave it in. If root removal proves difficult then the good news is most extraction sites heal over the root without further issue.
The most troubling of all wolf teeth are probably those that are ‘blind’. Blind wolf teeth never fully erupt below the gumline, and as a result they are constantly cycling through periods of healing and inflammation. Blind tooth removal is more invasive, but can still be done on the farm using sedation.
I hope that all who once feared wolf teeth now feel more relaxed about the subject. Foals should have an oral exam performed by six months of age to detect the presence of wolf teeth and other potential developmental issues. Routine oral exams by an equine dentist are a must, followed by any balancing, to ensure overall patient health. Always make sure to ask your veterinarian what the exam yields and don’t be afraid to take a look yourself!
Michael Marshall, DVM
Breezy Hill County Fair Day
2011 Breezy Hill
County Fair Day
We will have pony & hay rides, drill team riding demonstrations and more! A great meal put on by Blue Ribbon BBQ and live entertainment from Due North to complete your day. JULY 16, 2011 10:00—6:00 Rain or shine! Watch the website or follow us on Facebook for advanced ticket purchase information and a schedule of activities. Come and learn about the farm, our programs and staff. Your tax-deductible ticket purchase enters you in the gate drawing for a $500 cash prize. Presale tickets: Adults $25 — Kids 12 and under are free! - includes BBQ.
Donna Kramer Phone: 508-429-6626 Bill Suarez
Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic Prize List is Now Online!
Volo Farm - given the "all clear" after EHV1 quarantine
Contact: Linda Levy
84 Powers Rd
Westford MA 01886
Volo Farm Inc.
State Quarantine lifted at Volo Farm.
Horses and riders are set to resume show season, after four week quarantine for EHV1.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Westford MA, June 8th, 2011. Volo Farm is pleased to report an end to their quarantine. State officials released us from quarantine on June 7th.
The farm owned pony “Bullwinkle” was tested on April 26th, and was positive for both the respiratory and neurologic strains of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV1). Volo staff immediately placed the farm on voluntary quarantine, with no horses moving in or out. State officials placed the farm under quarantine on May 4th. Ultimately thirteen horses became sick before the illness was stopped. Of the thirteen horses two exhibited neurologic symptoms, one suffered from pneumonia, and the remaining ten had fevers with no other symptoms. Each horse was kept on FluMeghumine for at least 5 days to keep the fever down. In addition to taking the temperatures of all the affected horses three times daily, the horses were also checked by Dr. Sarah Gomez and Dr Brett Gaby from Essex Equine early in their illness for other more severe symptoms. Older horses and those found to have ataxia were treated with fluids, electrolytes, vitamins and DMSO.
Volo staff used strong bio-security measures along with treating all horses with the anti viral drug Valacyclovir to help contain the virus. Bio-security included foot baths at all doors, hand sanitizer, and providing each horse with its own labeled stable equipment. Volo divided the horses into three groups based on symptoms and possibility of exposure to an infected horse. They then assigned the horses to three separate staff groups to limit cross contamination. Each morning staff members learned which group of horses they would be caring for and could handle for that day.
All human traffic except staff was halted for a two week period at the farm. All staff including instructors and trainers spent their days taking temperatures, crushing and dosing pills, giving shots, turning out and feeding. No horses worked during this two week period to lower risk of any kind of stress. Customers provided food and moral support for the staff. The home cooked goodies were a welcome treat at meal times. Volo reintroduced customers in stages to lower the level of foot traffic while the horses recovered. Owners came to see their horses first, then leasers returned and ultimately school students returned on May 24th almost a full four weeks after the first fevers. All staff, students and owners were advised to limit contact with horses outside the Volo herd. If it was necessary to come in contact with other horses they were advised to shower, change clothing and disinfect personal items before going to other horse properties.
Spring Hill Horse Rescue takes in two horses in eminent danger…the third horse does not survive
ATTENTION! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Spring Hill Horse Rescue takes in two horses in eminent danger…the third horse does not survive.
On Friday, May 20th, Spring Hill was asked by law officials to take in two horses that are involved in an animal cruelty case. Seneca and Happy are two mares that were reported to be starved and tied to trees out in the middle of the woods. There was a third horse, a gelding named Chance that was down and also tied to a tree, sadly had to be euthanized at the scene. No other information about the case can be released at this time.
“5 Fundamental Steps To Starting A Horse Business” Teleseminar Series Kicks Off in June
This workshop series is designed for people that want to take the step of starting their own horse business and don't know where to start. It's also a valuable process for those in early start-up stages if you haven't worked through a systematic process to guide you to success. This teleseminar series will direct you through the maze of start-up planning pitfalls and give you a jumpstart to opening your doors for business. Lack of planning is one reason that small businesses fail, and the horse industry is no exception. Getting "good footing" as you start your horse business is the first step towards success.
The series is conducted by Lisa Derby Oden, Blue Ribbon Consulting. Workshops are hands-on and affordable. Time is allocated for Q&A and you’ll have assignments to customize your work for your horse business that will be reviewed with feedback by Blue Ribbon Consulting. You’ll also have access to the Blue Ribbon Workshop Center where you’ll find worksheets and other resources related to the topic.
What you’ll learn in this 4 week teleseminar workshop:
- Identify your needs
- Understand local, state and federal start-up requirements
- Evaluate the market and identify your target market
- Calculate financial feasibility using an income/expense/breakeven calculator
- Set short and long-term goals