'Twas a cold and snowy day today...... which is why of course I'd booked the vet to come out, and inevitably he was late, and so I spent a long
time sitting around in a chilly stable waiting for him.
Luckily I had my super-duper Albertan snow suit on and was almost as warm as toast.
Unluckily I kept on entertaining myself on the iPhone so my right hand almost froze off.
Luckily I have a fluffy lapdog to keep me warm.
Unluckily the fluffy lapdog got cold and had to go inside to warm up....
My vet, who I have now had out two times and think is GREAT came to do the following:-
- Insurance Exam for Capri Insurance for both horses. Not something we do in the UK except for obscenely expensive horses, so I was interested to see what he'd do. I'm pleased to report that it was a minimal eyes, heart, temperature, skin, four legs, hooves, walk and trot exam.
- Riley's annual vaccination. I'm pleased to say that unlike my last drama-queen of a horse Riley didn't care a jot about a vet sticking a sharp needle in him. Which, considering Riley's size and temperament is a good thing.
- Also, Riley had a Flu & Strangles squirt up the nose. Another first for me. This involved lip twitching him (by hand, not rope) to get at the nostril, then a squirt up the nostril. Again, considering Riley's size I am pleased that he wasn't too bothered by all that.
- Second half of Arthur the Donk's vaccination
- inspect Ukon and Riley's teeth. Both have sharp edges at the back of the mouth. I had the vet who did the pre-purchase exam for me do their teeth at time of purchase - which is of course not to the satisfaction of my current vet. Honestly, I have NEVER had an equine dentist say complementary things about the previous chap's work. In this instance I am told that previous vet must have used the latest in electric grinding tools which while labour-saving makes it difficult to get to the back of the mouth properly.
I will await with interest the job that new-vet does on their teeth in the next fortnight. He didn't do them today because it was -17 and his hands would have frozen in all that drool.....
Oh, and I also asked lovely-vet to condition score them both as I need an objective outside eye once in a while. He gave Riley 6.5, with the general advice that he is prone to crestiness and will need to be watched on the spring grass. Ukon scored a solid 6. I'm pleased that I have managed to get through my first Albertan winter with two new horses, and take them from obese to not-so-obese without any dramas along the way. Also pleased that in my mind I also thought they were between 6 and 7.
He also commented on what impressively substantial and rock-hard feet they have. I know