Two days ago Chance’s vet came out to do a follow up and to give him and Luck their Spring shots.
Chance got some chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture as well. The vet stated that Chance was showing improvements in his Cervical (neck) flexibility and still had some tightness on his hind-end. She did one new stretch with him which entailed her lifting his front leg while her assistant had him bend his neck to the opposite side. He was able to do it on both sides while remaining balanced!!!! Where as before he could barely do cervical stretch with all four legs on the ground!
The vet said that Chance has gained weight and could use another 50-75lbs. She asked if he is finishing his dinner (4q twice a day) to which I answered yes. She suggested upping his feed to another quart twice a day totaling 5 quarts twice a day.
Chance’s feed schedule now includes the following:
AM: 5 q of Safe Choice Senior Feed by Nutrina, Transfer Factor (immune system booster), MicroLactin (for pain and inflammation). Hay Alfalfa mix, and 2q of Hay Stretcher
PM: 5 q of SCSF, SmartPak (Senior Flex supplement, immune system enhancer), Hay/alfalfa mix, and 2 q of Hay Stretcher.
Lucky got his first round of shots today and he was so well behaved! He stood there calmly and put his head under my arm while he got his shots.
The vet also took a look at Luck’s teeth.
There are four ways to age an equine by his teeth:
- Occurrence of permanent teeth
- Disappearance of cups
- Angle of incidence
- Shape of the surface of the teeth
Well, Luck still has two baby teeth which do not seem to have adult teeth behind them that would ordinarily push out the baby teeth. So there goes option 1.
His teeth no longer have cups on them and are completely smooth which indicates he is around age 10/11.
I, along with Luck’s most recent owner, thought he was about 5 years old. However, his teeth seem to tell a different story. I’m wondering if the fact that Luck still has two of his baby teeth could be the reason for the cups prematurely disappearing? Or if he really is 10/11 years old….guess it’s time for a dental appointment.