Having brought up more than one youngster, including Speedy, I know how important early dental care is for a horse, especially one who is just starting to pack a bit. Izzy's first owner had already had his wolf teeth extracted, so I knew I didn't need to worry about that.
Dr. Tolley is well-known for being an excellent dentist, so when his arm was buried in Izzy's mouth and he gave a few dissatisfied harrumphs, I knew I was adding a few dollar signs to my bill. Izzy's teeth were definitely in need of work. Both the tops and bottoms had sharp edges from front to back.
Dr. Tolley sedated him for the leg procedure, but only lightly. Izzy offered zero resistance to anything that we did. He was given a little more sedation for the dental work, but I have had horses that were still terrified of the procedure even with sedation. This boy took everything in stride.
When we finished with the dental float, I carefully escorted him out of the stocks and into the yard. My friend KG took over and spent the better part of an hour hand walking him while I went into the office to discuss our next step and take care of my bill. She said that he was a very polite drunk, and even as the sedation began to wear off, he behaved like a perfect gentleman.