Tuesday, 6 October 2009

06/10: DENTAL WOES!

My horse, Roxy, is retired and living a life of luxury at Warrigal Farm - 40 minutes drive from my new home. She has been there on full livery for 6 years now and is really happy. It was a tough decision but when we moved 2 years ago I chose not to bring her to a yard closer to my new home. She has a chequered history - she doesn't like men, she is a dominant mare and fights to be 'boss' in the herd, which isn't such a good idea at her ripe old age (25) and if not handled sympathetically she dominates her human handlers also. I didn't want to risk moving her closer to me then being faced with vet bills because she has come off worse in a power struggle to decide the pecking order. The downside of my decision is that I only get to see her twice a week instead of every day - but its quality time and her happiness and health comes first!

Anyway, today she had to have her annual flu/tetanus jab. I also wanted to have her teeth checked by the vet and she isn't a good patient! I can sympathise as I'm not fond of dentists either! She was actually a very good girl but the vet has decided she needs to have her teeth 'power floated' (which involves sedating her and rasping down sharp points on the teeth with a powered drill/file)and she didn't have the expertise to do this. So I have to book a further appointment to arrange the work with a specialist - I dread to think what the cost will be. Vets fees have gone through the ceiling in the 20 years that I've owned Roxy. I'll have to crack on and complete lots more portraits to settle the bills :o)

I have done a little more work on Sparky's white coat but won't photograph it in artificial light as it throws the colours out. I hope to finish him tomorrow (subject to the client's approval of course) and will then start work on a white Saluki.

5 comments:

Laura Barber-Riley said...

Horses! There is always something isn't there. Hope the procedure does the trick for Roxy.

Laura Barber-Riley said...

Horses! There is always something isn't there. Hope the procedure does the trick for Roxy.

sue said...

Sure is, but she's worth it! She's been a great friend for a large part of my life (and has been a partner for longer than either husband- so far)!

Jan said...

I can sympathize with you having just had a horrible vet bill for my horse recently. But, yes, they're worth it. Mine has been with me for about 20 years so is a great friend! Hope all goes well with 1) finding a good horse dentist (it's hard around here) and 2) hope Roxy does well with the procedure! Let us know!

sue said...

Thanks Jan
One of the vets at our practice is also a qualified dentist so I was a little peeved that they sent out someone who couldn't do the job!! I need to check whether any other horse needs treatment in the next couple of weeks and share the visit cost with me :o)