Our largest resident by far is Lloyd.  He came to see the Equine Dentist last October because he had a weight problem and was such a gentleman that, when the opportunity to offer him a permanent home came along, we took it.  He is now being nursed back to full fitness, ready for a more full and active life. Lloyd is an Irish Draft type horse and stands at around 17.3hh.  His recent history was with a local hunt and, because of his gentle nature, he was generally used for shows and parades.  The tough terrain of this hunt country was not particularly suitable for this type of horse so he was not often seen out on the hunting field, but his kindly nature was apparent to all who knew him. Concerns were raised for his wellbeing when he failed to gain any condition over the summer months even though he was turned out with company in large fields.  Despite being wormed and fed extra, he still failed to gain any weight.  His confidence started to suffer and, as he became physically weak,  the other horses started to bully him.
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 It was only when he was observed to be taking an extraordinary length of time to eat a slice of haylage that his teeth were suspected of contributing to his problems.  Closer investigation by the Equine Dentist revealed that, although his teeth had been rasped, the rear molars had developed excessively sharp edges and were preventing any of the other molars from contact, he was unable to chew his food. Within 24 hours of having his teeth done Lloyd was a totally different horse.  He relaxed overnight and hasn’t stopped gaining weight since! He will continue to build up his fitness over the summer months playing with his newfound friends and with gentle exercise.  We are enjoying working with him and watch his confidence grow daily.
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