When I picked up Summer, her owners told me that they had owned Summer and Traveler for two years. I seriously doubted that and didn’t look at their teeth to confirm, but I also didn’t think that people could own horses and not know how long they had had them.
I feel so naive. When Doc was out last week he said that Summer’s teeth put her between 8 and 10 months old. She still has all of her baby teeth, which are chipped and broken from eating rocks and trees. Her gums are receding, most likely from malnutrition and what she chose to chew in place of actual food.
Fortunately, there doesn’t appear to be anything else wrong with her, except for the serious rain rot. She’s gaining weight and has proven to be quite the little talker! Every time she sees someone she greets them with a nicker and comes walking to the fence. A couple of weeks ago, I put up some temporary fence behind the workshop and moved her in there so I could keep a better eye on her. She’s very happy there since she gets attention from everyone that happens by.
The rain rot is starting to peel off and she’s putting on weight quickly. I wormed her last week with a 300lb dose of Anthelcide and will start her on Strongid C next week. I didn’t want to overdo it with the wormer, but I still think she’s got a bit of a worm load that needs to be eradicated.