Phase 1 was getting him shod. Phase 2 is getting his teeth floated. This is happening today! Hooray! The vet happened to be heading out to the barn this morning and was able to work Apollo in, so I dropped off a check before I went to work. When I had the PPE done, the first thing the vet said when he opened Apollo's mouth was "Yikes. He needs a dental, really soon." He didn't find really sharp hooks, but most of the back teeth were worn oddly and probably uncomfortable.
So hooray for my vet! He's a good dentist as well as being a good vet. The two don't always go hand in hand, so I'm pleased.
It also occurs to me that my horse (Reveille or Apollo; it applies either way) gets more frequent dental work than I do. The more-shoes-than-I-have thing is a given, but I hadn't thought about dentals. :)
Interesting tooth-related note from the PPE: Apollo was born without his lower right canine. Hunh! What a horse is doing with a canine tooth, I'll never know, but apparently they have them. But Apollo only has three. Kind of like some people never get wisdom teeth, or how I don't respond to a particular aikido hold called sankyo -- that nerve just isn't where it ought to be in my forearm, so I stand there and look puzzled rather than drop to the mat like most people.
Anyway, looking forward to riding tonight. If I can -- if the vet says it's okay to ride after Apollo's dental. He might be too sore. In which case I'll longe him and brush him and love on him.