Archive for February, 2013

Join us at the ACTHA ride in Aransas Pass on 3/9/13.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Join Carol, Newt, and I on March 9 at the ACTHA ride being held at the Coquat Ranch near Aransas Pass, Texas.

See ride details at:

Visit the Coquat Ranch website at:


Carol and Newt all dressed up and ready to ride!

Texas Trail Challenge

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

I had a great time visiting with the Texas Trail Challenge competitors last weekend at Parrie Haynes Ranch near Killeen.  Thanks to all of those who attended my equine dentistry presentation.

If you didn’t make it and are curious, visit their website at:

Miniatures need dentistry too!!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Miniature horses, donkeys, and mules seem to have more problems with their teeth than standard breeds of horses.   They have the same size and number of teeth as large breeds.  All those regular size teeth “crowded” into a compact size head make minis more susceptible to retained baby teeth, malocclusion, and periodontal disease.  Miniatures are also more prone to congenital dental problems such as parrot mouth and under bites.

Dentistry in these little guys can be challenging at times.  Since there is less space to work in the back of their mouth, special tools are necessary to reach their back cheek teeth.  In the photo above I am using a small, thin oscillating dental rasp that is ideal for hard to reach teeth in this mini donkeys’ mouth.

So don’t overlook your miniature friends when the time for dental maintenance rolls around.