I hauled my boys to the vet Tuesday for their tuneups. They had their teeth floated - it was a brand new young vet there working under the vet I use. A vet tech intern was also there. Young vet was struggling to get the speculum in Biscuit's mouth. Biscuit is a little sensitive to people fooling around with his head but the poor baby was tranquilized. He kept trying to insert it and get it strapped on. I kept trying to calm him down but he fought them the entire time. Doc did keep an eye on things and got the speculum in correctly in about 2 seconds. They had to give Biscuit a 2nd tranquilizer.
Poor fellow - he also got his shots while he was there and his sheath cleaned. Sarge didn't appreciate it either with the new folks and while I was around the corner with Biscuit and his sheath cleaning I didn't see them twitch Sarge. I went around the corner and he was giving them a fit. Doc came around the corner - took the twitch off and calmed him down and started it again and gave loads of instructions to new guy. He had his sheath cleaned and a Coggins pulled. I put two very drunk horses in the trailer and hauled them slowly to the barn and put them in the arena. The Barn Manager asked Biscuit if he'd put on a lampshade at that party. He was still pretty out of it when I got him back to the barn.
I left the vet after paying $385. I don't guess that was too bad for shots, teeth, sheaths and a Coggins for Sarge.
Vet care is so important to keep them healthy and I didn't even mind the hit to the old pocketbook. Next week I want to give them both warm baths and get Biscuit's main and tail whitened. His mane and tail are yellowed from lack of a bath all winter. Also plan on really giving my tack a good cleaning. Also planning on taking the trailer to a RV place that has the ability to clean the top of my trailer - it is so freaking tall!!