Horsechompers


 Natural Balance Floating

      This technique has been developed over the past hundred years, it was first developed by horsemen and farmers who discovered a need for this routine method. Back then they would use a worn down rasp to knock down points, over the years crude floats developed to improve on this process. Through the generations this technique became more refined, better tools and a better knowledge of the horses teeth helped improve the quality of care given to these equines . This has become a specialized craft that few acquire needing a natural skill with hand tools and the ability to work safely in their mouths. Unfortunately it is becoming a dying profession, the time it takes to learn these skills and physical demand on a "Natural Balance Floater"  has left this technique for only a handful who possess these abilities.

     As a horse ages their teeth will wear and become sharp on the edges the reason is that the upper teeth sit on the outside of the lower teeth developing points or hooks. see (fig 1.1). During a routine "Floating" these points and hooks (fig 2.1) are removed to make the horse more comfortable, alleviating any mouth discomfort associated with these common problems. When malocclusion or abnormalities are present they are evaluated on the severity, so a plan of correction can be concluded. These problems are dealt with over a period of time allowing the horse to adjust to this corrective floating. Since the equines mouth is continually changing through there life and more importantly when there are adjustments being made there should be a 6 month routine exam.When they are young, ages two to five they will experience a world of change in there mouths. They will experience growth spurts, shed baby teeth (caps), and erupt wolf teeth. Their teeth only grow for a certain number of years during the maturity process while changing and shifting this entire time. When the teeth have developed to there full maturity cycle they will then begin to slowly extrude out of there sockets as they wear. With proper maintenance and regular visits this should be an comfortable process. As a horse reaches his "Older" years the teeth will begin to break down we call this process "Fer-cation". with proper maintenance and regular visits this too can be a comfortable process. The end results of a"Natural Balance Mouth" better mastication, no mouth discomfort which will make it easier to work in a bit. Overall Happy Horse!

    


Fig 2.1

Fig 2.1