Ringo has Moved to TEXAS

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I moved to the farm at the end of August. Son helped me move sheep and dogs. That went smoothly, both sheep and dogs love their new home. Ringo, as always, took change in stride. Animal crackers, some scratches, and everything is right in his world.

No barn, so I’ve made do with Quonset huts and a cow panel shelter. Here is a shot I took in October. Ringo is on the left. He has his harem of ewes now, one ewe due in January, 4 more due in April.

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Ringo has lost 1, maybe 2 front teeth. I dangled fresh grass in front of him to get him to open his mouth. He’s not real cooperative with a dental exam. Grass in one hand, snapping lots of pictures with the other. I got one good picture. What do y’all think? 2 teeth?

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Um, is that normal? And should the others have the big brown areas that could be cavities or something?
 

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Um, is that normal? And should the others have the big brown areas that could be cavities or something?
Yes loss of teeth in older grazing animals is normal . Those brown stains have been there a loooong time. Getting darker, but Not cavities. I keep a sharp eye on him to make sure he doesn’t lose condition. He is probably missing a molar or two also, or maybe ground down from the years. If he gets down to gums, I’ll feed him oatmeal and moistened pellets. Ringo is my Old Man. He’s spoiled. I’ll do all I can for him, but wear and tear is going to happen. It’s not like I can fit him for dentures.

I had a friend whose horse died at 47 years old. Twice a day he fed that old horse oatmeal plus a senior feed that he had the mill grind up. Horse didn’t have a tooth left in his head.
 
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