Steve gave a demo about how to introduce a saddle to the horse for the first time. It was pretty much routine, we free lunge the horse until the horse relaxes and respects our presence. Then we slowly introduce the saddle by swinging just the stirrup and girth over the horses back. Once the horse stands quietly for that we throw the saddle on. So on and so fourth. I couldnt saddle Leroy today because he had an appointment at 9am with the vet.
Like I said before, Leroy had his teeth floated today. The vet had to drug him 3 times and he was still fighting it. Linda (one of the barn managers) came over to talk to the vet. She was telling me about when Leroy first arrived they had to leave a halter and lead on him, but he broke the lead backing out of the trailer. I told her that he has been ridden before an she was like
"really?! It doesnt seem like it". He has been improving dramatically, he pivots, sets up, backs, trots with you, etc. We have been working really hard
Once we got Leroy into the stocks Dr. Hass put the mouth opener thingy on him and tied his head up. We (Linda and I) started asking him about the thingy on his ear. At first he thought it was a ear tooth,
I was like what the heck is a ear tooth?! He explained...
Dentigerous cysts, also known as temporal odontoma, temporal teratoma, heterotrophic polydontia, or ear teeth, are relatively rare but well-documented occurrences in young horses. They are composed of sacs containing a tooth or dental tissue that develop where there should not be a tooth.
Most commonly, they occur near the base of the ear and present as a firm swelling sometimes with a draining tract discharging a thick, white fluid. They can, however, appear inside the skull or nasal cavities, where they are much more likely to cause trouble, either by pressure or obstruction.
Since they are true cysts, they are lined by a secretory epithelium (a lining that produces some substance), and they must be surgically removed in order to eliminate the drainage. They are a developmental anomaly and are not considered cancerous tumors, so malignancy is not a risk. Good-quality radiographs are usually diagnostic and complete surgical removal is curative.
But since it wasnt draining or anything he ruled that out. He said its certainly a growth made of nail/hoof like substance. He went on to tell us that its just an odd growth that has a vein running trough it, if he were to cut it off it would bleed like a MF and he would have to stitch it up. He continued to tell us it might have a cystic lining in the part that is actually the ear. So cutting it off he doesnt know it if would even heal properly. So really...he has no idea what it is. But I thought it was fascinating, Linda told me in 20 years of running the barn she has never seen anything like it. It does cause him discomfort when you touch it though.
So Leroy has a hoof thingy growing out of his ear! While he was drugged I took advantage of it and attacked him with clippers
. Here are some photos.
Drugged Leroy in the stocks with the thingy on his face and Linda creepin on what I was doing.
Getting teeth floated
Leroy's special friend that lives on his ear!
I need to name it.... any suggestions?