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Horse & Pony 4-H Club learns hands-on at Horse Dental Clinic

May 01, 2014
Photo by: Washington County 4-H Dr. Alana McNutt encouraged 4-H’ers to ask questions and learn ways to keep their horses healthy. Senior 4-H member Chelsea Bowlin, daughter of Mike and Kim Bowlin, assisted McNutt while working on her 4-H horse.

The Horse & Pony 4-H Club hosted a horse dental and vaccination clinic on the fairgrounds in April. Dr. Alana McNutt led the clinic teaching 4-H’ers why dental care and vaccinations are so important for their horses.

Thirteen horses attended the clinic, and they each had their teeth floated by McNutt. When floating the teeth, a special tool is used to remove points from the molar teeth so horses can move its mouth freely when eating feed. If these points are not removed, it causes sores and pain and makes a huge difference in the horse's digestive health. The horses are sedated during the floating procedure, and 4-H’ers were able to assist with the process from start to finish.

“The clinic was very educational and information for the members to see and take part in,” explained 4-H club leader Gale Whitacre.

McNutt also shared about important vaccinations for horses who travel to shows.

“Dr. McNutt did a very good job explaining why horses need these and how to do some of it at home to keep their horses healthy and happy,” commented Horse & Pony parent and Youth Committee member Suzanne Black.

For more information on horse health or 4-H Horse & Pony Club, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811. Follow “Washington County 4-H - Iowa” on Facebook.


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