Monday, February 5, 2018

Cue maniacal laughter

I'll have you guys know I have been keeping my shit together so well lately. My horse is lame-ish, but that's fine.

NO ONE IS PANICKING.

EVERYONE IS CALM.

be like momo. he's calm even when his face is being eaten.
(they're besties, i promise.)

We've had one of those obnoxious winters so far where it's been really, really good at getting cold, but it hasn't been so great about snowing. It will warm up-ish for a day or two, rain, and then BAM BITCH--freeze solid overnight and turn everything to icy, deadly mud ruts with no cushion.

Opie came up a little foot sore the other week and while I was hoping it was a quick-acting abscess, Farrier agrees that it seems more like stereotypical bruising. Which is worse. Because that shit takes forever to heal up. She'll be out tomorrow to take a look at him to double check, but it's been a really exciting time of packing his feet, giving him Bute if he seems especially ouchy, and nailing those straight lines at the walk and occasionally trot.

It's been so cold though that missing out on real training rides hasn't been too much of a downer.

don't be like me. always wear your helmet!

We did, however, miss out on game night and our first lesson of the month. He's sound-ish, but I want BM to be able to get on him and ride him with no limitations, so that's been pushed back indefinitely. Fucker.

In other news, I was out at the barn today to do my due diligence--walk my horse in straight lined laps of the ring, and deliver him a 5lb bag of carrots in hopes I can teach him to smile--when Opie decided he just really looks up to Indy (both metaphorically and literally as I'm pretty sure Opie could stroll unhindered beneath Indy's belly) and flopped his dead fish tongue out of his mouth.

NO. STOP.

BM suggested a bit change so I swapped his french link out for a thinner single joint. It didn't make a difference, and he wasn't actually being fussy with the bit. He just stuffed his tongue out and went about his business. BM then suggested maybe he'd bit his tongue and it was just swollen and uncomfortable. I hopped off and started digging around his mouth looking for a wound or sore or something.

LOLZ GUYS I FOUND SOMETHING.

what is that about not looking a gift horse in the mouth?

Obviously the dentist will be getting called. In the meantime, if anyone has any insight to share, throw it at me! He has zero problems with eating grain, hay, or snacks, and he had no issues with us stabbing him in the mouth with our fingers repeatedly.

I feel like I need to update the blog name to Poor Woman and Her Long List of "WTF is wrong with you?!" Horses.

57 comments:

  1. Oh God Opie. You're plenty special without a double row of teeth, I promise! πŸ™„ You do seem to have the market cornered on weird though.....

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    1. I really would be okay not having that distinction.

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  2. um what the F is going on with that mouth tho?!?!

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  3. hahahaha the tongue

    dont be like indy, opie.

    altho indy has janky teeth (he seriously looks like a gap-toothed 5 year old) he doesnt have EXTRA TEETH???! did his baby teeth not fall out? are those his adult teeth? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS

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    1. I thought it was kind of cute on Indy, but now I feel your pain. And I texted the exact same thing to riding bestie. SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!

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  4. My guess is retained deciduous (baby) teeth in the front row.

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    1. Yep, dentist confirmed. Want to come experiment on him? ;)

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  5. Baby teeth!? WTH Opie! Watching closely to see WTH is up with Mr Special.

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    1. Hopefully I can snag some gross pictures next week!

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  6. What in the actual F is up with those teeth? Goddam horse. Stop being unique. Carly and audience are ALL SET with that sh*t!

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    1. Right?! We've already ridden the crazy gross train, Opie!

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  7. Lol, so special. He's a late bloomer! Looks like he has retained baby teeth

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  8. Baha! Super gross. I hope it's an easy fix!

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  9. You pick the best horses!! One of a kind for sure!! ha!

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  10. That is definitely something...
    My old trainer had a horse come in like that too. I think they removed the extras and then he was fine. He may have had a few days vacation after the removal, but I don't remember him having an extended layup, and there were no teeth issues after that.

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    1. Ooh, good! The dentist thinks he shouldn't have a problem getting them out, so fingers crossed it's uncomplicated.

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  11. What. That is so strange! Hope the slight ouchiness and shark teeth are both quick and easy fixes!

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    1. I am so ready for some normalness in my horse life!

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  12. That is some straight up nightmare fuel

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    1. Do NOT google retained teeth in horses. You will vomit and then die.

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  13. He's gonna rake it in with the tooth fairy 😁

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    1. Does that mean he'll be able to pay for his own dental work? :P

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  14. That tongue out pic needs "I Am Dopie" written on it lol.

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    1. I'll slap a sticker on his tongue next time it makes an appearance.

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  15. Horse mouths gross me out for some reason and this takes the cake.

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    1. One million percent agree. Disgusting!

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  16. Oh my. I am glad that you are so calm.

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    1. As long as he doesn't come up with mouth cancer, right??

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  17. I mean, keep training him to smile. That'll come in useful when you need to scare children. πŸ˜‚

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    1. LOL Farrier said the same thing this morning!

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  18. i seem to remember a friend of mine having a horse with a mouth like that (HA HA HA only you though right??) I don't think they did anything but this was years ago. Funny though when I saw it was not shocking to me cause I have seen it before. But yeah...it is like you have your very own Audrey II (Flesh eating plant) HA HA HA. Stay warm and hope the ground gets better. this weather has been a bitch and a half!! UGH

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    1. It grosses me out on a whole new level, I won't lie!

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    2. I think it just makes him even more special (or Specialer :) HA HA HA

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  19. Um, wow Opie. Like you didn't have enough specialness already. Way to go.

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    1. I'd like a little specialness on the side of fancy instead of the side of medical marvel for once in my life.

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  20. Shark teeth! I had a horse with one lower front baby tooth like that and the vet just pulled it when he did wolf teeth, no big deal. Fingers crossed they are straightforward to get fixed up.

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    1. I hope they come out easily! Sounds like it's not going to be too big of a deal, but I can't help but look at them and imagine nightmare scenarios.

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  21. WHUT. Does he have extra teeth? I cannot wait to hear about this one. Hope the tooth fairy is coming out soon!

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    1. Tooth fairy will be out early next week! Phew!

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    1. It really grosses me out more than it should.

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  23. THOSE TEETH! Wow! I've never seen anything like that. I cannot wait to hear what the dentist says. Crazy!!

    <3 Kelly @ HunkyHanoverian

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    1. I know next to nothing about teeth, so I was like, "Is that normal?! That's not normal, right??" And BM was all, "OF COURSE THAT'S NOT NORMAL!!!"

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