That was one of the reasons I was so cautious this year about having her sedated for teeth floating. She's been getting rabies vaccines for years and never had an adverse reaction before, and then for some reason last year she did. My vet reported it to the manufacturer, but none of the other horses who were vaccinated with the same vial as Lilly had a reaction, so I don't think it was the vaccine itself. I discussed it a bit with my vet today because of the fact that Lilly will need her teeth done with a speculum in the fall, which means she'll need a sedative. I'm just concerned that she could possibly have a reaction from the sedative as well. My vet said she considers Lilly a low risk horse because she's healthy otherwise (no heart murmurs or anything), and reactions to sedatives are rare, at least in her experience. She said she only lost one horse to a sedative reaction and the horse was quite old.
One thing lead to another and before long she was trying to get me to tell her who it was that floated teeth. I hate lying, so I told her I was asked not to say, and she said she knew it was either a guy named "this" or a guy named "that". She was curious to know who it was because one of those gentlemen had fractured a horse's tooth and the horse was heading to the vet school for surgery. She wanted me to be aware of what can happen, aside from the fact that it's illegal for him to float because he's not a vet.
You know, I feel like I'm darned if I do, and darned if I don't. The dentists will tell you horror stories about how a vet used her power tools and filed off the horse's teeth until all he was left with was gums. The vet will tell you horror stories about how the dentists can't possibly do a proper job without a speculum, so unless the horse is SUPER calm, those horses will need a sedative, which dentists aren't allowed to give.
I just want my horse to have a happy mouth, and not die from a reaction to a sedative. Is that too much to ask??
After she left, I soaked Lilly with oxine for 15 minutes and brushed out as much of her winter coat as I could. If we ever see the sun again in this state, I'll take some pictures of her new spring coat. It's looking fabulous!
She seemed pretty comfortable today, so we should be ok to start riding again. I might have to open up the other toe because I haven't seen it getting any better yet, so if that happens, she might need another day or two off, depending on how she does. I can always use her boots, but I feel like if her hoof itself is ouchy, I shouldn't make her work.
After soaking, I locked her in the stall to dry up her hooves a bit. I tossed in some hay and then tried to get a couple pictures. Clearly that was stupid of me, because she'd come over just long enough to see if I had anything better than hay, and when she realized I didn't, I was old news. So I got a lot of crappy shots. Most of them looked like this:
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