So the Vet/Equine Dentist came out today to do Candy's teeth. She was an hour late, but that is beside the point.
I warned her straight up how difficult of a patient Candy is. I told her that although I haven't had her teeth done before, I'm fairly sure she is going to be VERY difficult to sedate, very difficult in every aspect. I have only experienced one Vet ever getting a needle into her - a small shot of anti-biotics.
She told me not to worry and that she had lots of tricks - and she did. On her trailer was a portable horse crush, she had twitches, etc, etc.
After an hour of trying, and an hour of rearing, bucking, striking and kicking it was just becoming too dangerous for the Vet, for me and for the horse.
The vet could get the needle in her - just, but couldn't get near enough or get the horse still enough for her to enject the fluid to sedate her. We tried the neck, chest, rump - to no avail.
Inside the crush she was becoming too dangerous, and the vet was worried she was going to rear up and go over and hurt herself.
We finally got the twitch on - most normal horses will stand still once a twitch is on. NOT Candy. She completely freaked, and terrified the vet who had never seen a horse react the way my horse did with the twitch on.
We tried holding her, patting her, (the vet did manage to get an intermuscular needle in her bum with a bit of anti-anxiety fluid, but it didn't work).
It was a completely expensive, Fruitless experience and I felt like crying by the end of it (just thinking about the bill!)
We exaughsted all options, the vet even tried the controversial ear twitch.
My only option is to take her into the hospital on Thursday, where they will have 2 vets and 2 vet nurses ready where she will be going into a padded cell.
They are hoping to get some paste into her mouth to take the anxiety away, then they might be able to actually get some sedation into her veins.
Then she will be having a tetnus shot and have her teeth done.
I have to pay $110 to hire a float to GET her there, not the mention the $200+ it cost me today, and I don't even want to think about the end bill..
I am a student with completely disinterested parents who will not help me out finicially, who have nothing to do with my horse Candy. (They have come out to the paddocks twice in year and a half I've owned her)
SIGH. Not loving life right now!
Sorry for the RANTING, long post, but I really need to vent. What happened to my completely chilled out, relaxed calm horse?