Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Equine Gnathology

Glenns Ferry, ID    High  84  Low 51

As we were driving down the main road in town, this sign caught my eye.


There is no way we could just keep on driving past. It’s a very small museum and not really anybody there to talk to us about it. The museum is in the World Wide Equine Instrument & Product Center. They have one of the largest assortments of dental instruments in the world (over 300 different items). They ship these items world wide.



20180619_160659I did not grow up around horses so most of the items we saw were totally foreign to me. Jim was able to figure some of them out.

Those of you who are familiar with horses will probably recognize some of these tools. The dental tools that are used today on horses are essentially the same as they were a hundred years ago. A few improvements have been made, as you can see from this bunch of grinders and buffers.





So do any of you know what Gnathology is? I sure didn’t. But there is an Equine Gnathological School here in Glenns Ferry.

Gnathology is the study of masticatory systems and treatment techniques. “The heart of equine gnathology revolves around efficient comfortable mastication and optimum performance.”

To me that means that they teach how to treat a horse’s mouth and teeth so that they can eat without any pain.



It’s amazing the places you can find if you just take the time to slow down and look.


  1. You don't see those places on the interstate highways.

  2. I never heard of any of that but it makes sense when you think about it. You are good at finding places that make us think about unusual things. Thanks for sharing another one with us.

  3. That was a nice find. I don't know much about horses either but what I learned from TV vet shows

  4. Thanks for the tour, so much to see and enjoy if you take the time look is so true.

  5. I swear you find the neatest things to see. We miss you guys and hope you continue to travel safely.

  6. Well, I learned something, today!!

    You are in Idaho, you lucky dogs. Take plenty of pictures. I cringed when I saw the tools for equine dentistry--they look too much like the tools I saw as a kid! Glad to see you and Jim are on the move.


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