Wednesday I got out of work early and went to the barn to visit with Fawkes and do his Keratex treatment. I was greeted with a drugged out pony just finishing up his clip job. The vet said she gave him a normal horse dose of tranquilizer and then instantly regretted it since he nearly fell over 3(!!) times before steadying. They apparently had several people balancing him and holding his head while R2 quickly shaved him. He is definitely a cheap date with the drugs. And he is also flipping cute when tranqed - snuggly and sweet and all sorts of nice that he doesn't have time for under normal circumstances.
|Busy tasting the rainbow or whatever it is drugged horses do|
Since he was already under he also got his teeth floated, hopefully preventing another episode of mouth abscessing. I think he looks pretty good properly clipped instead of the embarrassment of last summer, but I just noticed I don't have any full body photos. Will work on getting those.
|I still sigh at this|
One intriguing note, when he was getting clipped by his ears, we uncovered some white scarring. It doesn't show when his fur is grown out. My guess was the scarring is from the cribbing strap, but the vet said she didn't think so. Her guess is that he had some sort of traumatic injury - like flipping over while being worked in a chambon. I don't even know what a chambon is and as far I know, he hasn't been worked in one since I got him, but a) I guess it could have happened when he was a racer and b) it is possible something happened during a training session when I wasn't around with one of his previous trainers? A moot point now, I guess.
Fawkes got Thanksgiving carrots and promised to think of all the things he was grateful for :)