Izzy has never been easy to bridle. At first, it was just I am really tall, so I am going to lift my head as I high as I can. Good luck to you, puny human. Once he learned the rule about lowering his head, the bridling problems were due to a hatred of a variety of bits. Over time, all of that sorted itself out ... until fairly recently.
I explained all of this to Dr. Tolley who listened carefully. Remember that relationship I talked about? This is where it comes in handy. If I say I am having an issue, he knows that it is a legitimate concern. As soon as he opened Izzy's mouth, he agreed that those canine teeth were indeed too long and needed to come down.
As we walked Izzy over to a holding pen so that he could wake up, we passed by Bakersfield Large Animal Hospital's new-to-them scale. I forgot to grab a photo of it, but it looks really similar to a wooden bridge you'd see in a trail class. I have only one other time been able to weigh my horse, and it was at an endurance ride in which my mare was part of a study. Having one that we can use for every visit is super cool.
Izzy stepped right up on it without batting an eye; an afternoon cocktail does that to you. He weighed in at a whopping 1,350 pounds! Speedy was a bit lighter, thank goodness, but I'll share that tomorrow.
Of course, once we got home I saw that Izzy had stepped on that shoe, but you already knew that. As I was pulling out, I told Dr. Tolley that I love working with him, but I hope we don't have to see him for a very long time. He chuckled and wished for the same.
You gotta love your vet!