I am an educator, and so am thrilled when my students have an opportunity to experience new things that will benefit their futures in the horse industry.
On the other hand, I hate it when a horse injury is that new thing. Thanks for tearing up your tongue, Tero, but I would have been perfectly happy with a simulation.
Nonetheless, it was wonderful to be able to invite students to watch a procedure that most of them hadn’t seen before: our vet had to “lay down” Tero, a 17 hand, 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding who managed to rip up his tongue in his stall.
You can see more here: http://www.shortenyourreins.com/wwu/tero.html . But be warned — there are graphic photos of the injury on the webpage. There’s also a video of the vet laying Tero down — it’s a textbook example of how it should be done.
Tero will be fine, by the way, if he doesn’t manage to find another way to injure himself during his recovery period. He is a horse, after all. . . .