Hard to tell a horse to “open wide” for the dentist. But horses grind their grain from side to side, wearing their teeth into points on the outer edges which need to be filed down, or “floated” at least once a year.
The main characters in Book 1, Fool Me Once, now in the first round of edits, and in Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows, nearing completion, are horse owners. They know what horses need and both books are filled with detail that horse owners will appreciate and enjoy.
Here, the equine dentist uses a mouth speculum to hold the horse’s mouth open so she can work safely and also see what she’s doing. She releases it every few minutes to allow her client to relax his jaw.