The horse is given a sedative to keep them calm, but they still have to remain standing (and often get pretty wobbly). A special halter is put on them with an iron mouthpiece that allows the vet to keep their mouth cranked open. Their head is raised and their chin is rested on a stand that always reminds me of the music rests band members use.
|He's pretty out of it.|
So, the next time you're squirming in the dentist's chair for a cleaning or cavity filling, consider it could always be worse.
|Not Gem's tooth, but one extracted from an old mare we had previously.|