Equine Magic: Coinci-Dental?Published June 8, 2010
"It's a Boy" was written on a placard attached to an assortment of blue balloons at my new dentist's office. The balloons were placed beneath the photo, not of a baby, but of a magnificent Friesian mare. I was thrilled and delighted to find that this "baby boy" was her foal. Since horses are one of my deepest passions, I took it as a good omen, a good dental omen. After ten years of living in Florida my long and arduous search to find a dental practice where I felt comfortable and respected had finally ended. While I am a tad compulsive about our cat's annual dental check-ups and cleaning, and when I had horses, made sure their equine dentist visited regularly, I admit--I'm not that conscientious when it comes my own appointments. I have a rather profound fear of dentists. I don't know if it's based on the sound of the high-speed drill, or the anticipation of pain, but the end result is severe office visit reluctance. Even though my dad was a kind and gentle dentist who lovingly and patiently took care of my teeth, I never was able to overcome my dental dread. I found Dr. K. through Rani, a dear lady I "met" years ago on the Internet, whose friend Justin, an artist and dental technician, recommended his dentist to me. With a throbbing toothache, I made an appointment. Dr. K was not only highly competent, but he has a compelling personality. The icing on the cake is his office wall: adorned with photographs of his gorgeous Friesian horses. It certainly helps a scaredy cat like me to be in the hands of such an avid animal lover. Whether is was sheer coincidence, the "six degrees of separation" rule ringing true, or some sort of animal "magnetism" that got me there, I don't know. But Justin's dentist was just right. To briefly acquaint you with the Friesian; the breed originated in Netherlands in the province of Friesland. The Friesian body type is similar to a light draft horse but they are nimble and graceful for their size. The ancestors of Friesians were also in great demand during the middle ages, throughout continental Europe, as war horses. Even though Friesians were close to extinction several times, the modern Friesian has become famous for their great ability under saddle and driving. The fine-boned Friesian is also becoming popular in the field of Dressage. Friesians are typically black and are famous for their distinguishing long, wavy, and thick mane and tail. The long silky hairs on their lower legs are referred to as "feathers" and are deliberately left untrimmed. They range in height from 15.3 hands (63 inches) at the withers to 17 hands. While they are athletically proficient, and powerful, their temperament is generally sweet and docile. Friesians are often used by the film industry. Their growing popularity may be attributed to the Friesian Stallion named Goliath, (real name, Othello), featured in the 1985 film Ladyhawke. Friesian horses also appeared in the films, Alexander, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Mask of Zorro. Adding to my growing belief in the power of the Human Web, was the delightful phone conversation I had with Dr. K's wife, Beth, the other day. I do hope we, too, become friends. We talked extensively about horses, and the not so "coinci-dental" way in which I found my new dentist. And Beth very kindly emailed me a the photographs you see, of Ariana, (a five times Champion mare), and an the adorable photo of three-day-old Griffin with Ariana. I truly believe there are unexplainable magical events that touch us. What do you think? Leave a comment and share.