Friday, December 20, 2013

The Value of Time

I received the best advice this week: "The person just does not have regard or value for your time. You need to value everything that time entails"

It made me strongly reconsider the way I value my time and approach  the people I want to interact with: business, personal and beyond. 

Time is not minutes. 
Time is: energy, money, assets (and the "time" that went into the accumulation of assets), worry, strength, fortitude, planning, coordination, sacrifice, backup plans, opportunity, and on and on. 

Time is the most precious resource because once you spend it, you can’t get it back.

People do not know what a person does throughout their day. I have been a tractor mechanic lately and first thing I realized is it took 10x longer than anyone thought it would, no wonder it's expensive to fix your car. From this I learned I must always assume that I don't know how anyone spends their time. 

I have found that many people either underestimate or overestimate how I spend my time, but few see a realistic view. The person who undervalues my time is unfortunately myself. I must value this and stop enabling others to do the same. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Parrot Mouth: an ongoing observation of Apollonia

Apollonia (named after the patron saint of dentistry) is a cute little APHA paint baby living at Painted Bar Stables. She was the product of a breeding by their stud and a mare in OH. While her body is very well proportioned and her temperament fantastic, at 2 months of age it was noticed that she had developed a terrible parrot mouth. 

Parrot mouths are not a "genetic issue" from one or both parents. They are the result of a genetic incompatibility between parents resulting on mismatched jaw/head or problems with how the jaw naturally ties into the rest of the skeletal structure of the head. Basically, the mare and stallions heads just do not fit together (Reference:

Because the owner of the foal had exclusively bred for halter - and a parrot mouth eliminates a foal from competition - it was decided that Apple would move to NY to become a trail horse at Painted Bar Stables and a long term procedural example and model for Endless Mountain Equine Dentistry. 

Apple will need regular appointments to continue to correct the angles of her teeth and to encourage proper placement of her jaw. While she may never be fully corrected, our goal is to at least restore some occlusion between her incisors. 

Apollonia: progress at 1st dentist appointment (age 7 months, 1 week)
Apollonia: progress at 1st dentist appointment (age 7 months, 1 week)

PHOTO 1:The first photo shows Apple's natural alignment at 7 months & 1 week of age. As illustrated in the photo her top incisors protrude nearly 1" past her bottom incisors providing zero contact and occlusion. As a result both sets of incisors have no wear as they grow and are overgrown, giving a "buck tooth" appearance. 

What you cannot see is that the molars are also not aligned either. As a result large hooks have developed on the top front molars (1/6 & 2/6) and large ramps on the lower rear molars (3/8 & 4/8 - the rest of the molars have not yet emerged. The result is that the entire jaw is locked backward. 

PHOTO 2: The second photo is after molars have been treated. All of the molars have been filed and a new angle has been introduced to the entire surface of the molars, shortening the lower rear molars and the upper front molars to encourage the entire jaw to sit further forward. 

After this procedure, there was still a lack of occlusion of the incisors but the overbite was greatly reduced. 

PHOTO 3:The third photo shows the final stage after this first visit. The incisors have been realigned and shortened to their proper length. 

After this was done the jaw now was able to move forward significantly. While there is still a significant overbite, there is finally the beginnings of occlusion as the incisors touch.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Equine Dental Emergencies

Today was a quick emergency visit at the Painted Bar Stables from the lovely Sasha Kone of Endless Mountain Equine Dentistry. All three of the horses we worked on today were new horses for that were picked up in 2012 and it seems that none of them had ever had their teeth done in the past.

Joker, a small Morab cross, age ~15, obviously has lived the most traumatic life. In addition to his split tongue (which probably happened years ago due to being tied by the bit and spooking) he also had a raw ulcer in his left cheek and lacerations throughout his mouth from sharp points.

Brumby, an appendix QH cross, age ~7 (who aged in YOUNGER than she had been sold as, when does THAT happen?!) had scaring all throughout her mouth from the points and ridges in her mouth.

Bear, a TB gelding, age 12, who came from a large lesson barn continually lives up to his name "Bad News Bear." He had the worst teeth issues by far. He had deep scarring throughout but also had severe periodontal disease (rotting gums) from a protruding 3/9 wave that had grown so tall it actually fractured the upper 2/9 molar and was worn past the gum line. When we cleaned out the perio pocket there was a significantly foul odor.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Alternate Lesson Plan

Today Bebe and I spent her lesson session discussing and administering annual vaccinations.

She was an amazing veterinary assistant! She mixed the vaccines, was a fantastic syringe flicker getting all of the air bubbles out (as photo shows!), and she even helped me do the injections.

This was a big deal for Bebe because she is deathly afraid of shots!

Anyone who underestimates the capabilities of an autistic student, beware! Bebe will burst your bubble.

Bebe Returns to Spock

Bebe and Spock: Two of the Same

Many of you will recall Bebe, my amazing autistic student. Bebe is a walk/trot/canter/gallop/jump student despite her autism. This winter we have focused on bareback riding in the arena and on trail.

Unfortunately, Bebe slipped off on one bareback trail ride - uneventfully. Then on the next trail ride with a saddle she fell again - uneventfully as well but it was very emotional for he and she was obviously concerned about what happened to the "Velcro on her butt."

So we returned to Spock. Spock is our 4 year old mule and he is everything that a mule aught to be: stubborn, unwavering and unable to be tricked into anything.

At their previous session he taught Bebe patience as she spent 45 minutes just to drag him to the arena. This session was to teach Bebe how to get the animals on her side. We spent 1 hour gaining Spock's trust as he followed her around the arena (with a treat, the with a empty bucket, and then with nothing). By the end of the session she could lead Spock anywhere with just holding the end of a draped lead rope.

These two stubborn, picky and intelligent personalities taught each other so much and really put the wind back in Bebe's sails.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Photoshoot: The Bride Wears Spurs

There's nothing like horses and women together. It's a love affair that usually starts early in life and follows young ladies through their adulthood. We took the opportunity to celebrate this beautiful love affair with a formal photo shoot.

Many of us at the barn have a collection of wedding dresses and ballroom-style prom dresses that will most likely never be worn again. However, these dresses, as beloved as they are, we will most likely never be sold or given away; they will remain in our closets indefinitely. As a result, I devised the perfect opportunity to showcase these beloved dresses using the amazing horses that we have here at Painted Bar Stables.

More photos here: