Apologies for missing last week, I was on holiday :o)
The day before I went, Merlin had an appointment with David Brown, an Equine Dental Technician. One of the local vets had had a look at his teeth when he first arrived and couldn't see any major problems, but our vets will cheerfully admit that they're not specialists so I thought it would be a good idea to get the expert in. Merlin actually behaved fairly well, he stood calmly enough while David scraped tartar off his front teeth, but once the gag went in and the rasping started, there was a lot of eye rolling and walking around his box. David kept calmly putting him back in the corner and carrying on with the work and the whole thing was done in about 20 minutes. There were some nasty sharp points to be removed right on the back molars and M spent the rest of the day poking his tongue round his mouth to try and work out what had changed. David thought he'd probably never had a dentist visit (or at least not in the last 5 or 6 years, which would take us back to before he was imported from Hungary), so wants to see him again on his next trip north in the autumn to make sure there are no further problems. After that we should only need a check up every 18 months until he gets to an age where teeth start falling out.
Weight is currently on the bar between 464 and 458kg - and I've found another two grass lumps.