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    08-04-2010, 11:43 AM
Vet all the way. Dentist can NOT give the calming shots (at least in MD) and most horses (in my experience) really need one to behave during the process. So you either have to have very quiet horse, which is OK about floating, or coordinate vet and dentist appointments, which is a real pain. So I just went with the vet, who's second specialty is dentistry (he LOVES doing it and does lots of horses).

Also no offense to anyone, but I trust vet (with 8+ years of education + who knows how many years of experience in both - veterinary and dentistry) much much more than some guy with 6 months of some classes on something.
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    08-04-2010, 12:06 PM
My family has been using the same vet for 20+ years. And so I can get pretty much any drug I need. Unless its one he could loose his liscence for.
And 6 months on ONE subject and ONE AREA of the horse is much better (to me) than 8 years of every part of the horse.
In the same respect... would you trust a vet to do your horses feet more than a farrier who went to school for around 3 months?
    08-04-2010, 01:49 PM
Originally Posted by Cowgirl140ty    
My family has been using the same vet for 20+ years. And so I can get pretty much any drug I need. Unless its one he could loose his liscence for.
And 6 months on ONE subject and ONE AREA of the horse is much better (to me) than 8 years of every part of the horse.
In the same respect... would you trust a vet to do your horses feet more than a farrier who went to school for around 3 months?
I would NOT trust such a farrier. Yes, I had a bad experience with just off the school and self-learned (or short-term school) farriers. The guy I'm using right now went to school for 6 or 10 months (he told me, but I don't remember), worked as a "helper" for the very experienced farrier for another couple years, and only after that he started own business (been there for about 8 years). Also as far as I know he goes to seminars, training and such. And he doesn't have to give shots to trim them.

I also want to add that when my horse had an abscess while back I called the vet rather than farrier, and he did an awesome job on finding it, opening it up, clearing, and wrapping (that the wrap stayed on for several days 24/7 in field).
    08-04-2010, 01:55 PM
How about a big fat 'it depends'.

I personally use my vet.
I have tried the equine dentists in my area and the job they did was not good enough in my opinion. Sure it was good considering they do not use sedation. But how good of a job can you do on the way back teeth of a horse with not speculum and sedation?

The vet practice I use does a good job and are reasonably priced.

In other areas the vet might not be the best choice. Ask around in your area to see what others think.
    08-04-2010, 02:06 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
How about a big fat 'it depends'.
I'll go with it. If we wouldn't have vets who also have tons of experience on floating, extracting, etc. I could of consider a dentist perhaps. Lucky enough I know at least 2 VERY good vets, who are also very good dentists (and are used by lots of people). Indeed depends on where you live (and I keep forgetting about it :) ).
    08-04-2010, 06:18 PM
So I called the vet and dentist this morning.

I found out from the vet's secretary that the float would be $175-$275 depending on how bad the teeth were. Then there is a $100 farm call charge. Berdi would probably be in the $275 range as her teeth are fairly bad.

The dentist charges $180 for the float and $100 for the farm call. I'm thinking of going with him actually. He's been in the business for 20 years and I'm sure he knows his stuff.

I'm actually quite suprised at the high prices! I was expecting lower. However Berdi is 19 - I just got her this spring and I don't think her teeth have ever been done. So I'm sure there will be lots of work. If anyone can tell me if these prices are normal I'd be interested! I'll just have to spend more than I was thinking I guess, but it is worth it! She hates the bit and I think its from teeth problems. So I definitely want to get her done soon so she can be comfortable.
    08-04-2010, 09:14 PM
Just be a bit careful about the dentist. My granddaughters old horse was done by a dentist, and he filed down all her teeth at one time, even doing teeth that I didn't think had a problem. She had trouble eating for months after that.
My vet did our old guys teeth, he was sedated and it was done with the electric float and had no issues at all, he started eating immediately, and Bones's one side of his mouth has a tooth that grows up into the hold made by a missing tooth and takes alot of time to file it down, even with the electric floater.
I think sometimes dentists are a bit overzealous.
    08-04-2010, 09:17 PM
Oh yea, we charge $75 for the floating, $30 for the sedation. More if teeth have to be pulled. An office call is $35, a ranch call is anywhere from $40 to $75 depending on how far he has to travel. Even on a ranch call he will carry the electric float and use that if there is electricity. If not, he uses the old files.
    08-04-2010, 09:37 PM
Monsieur Forgeron (literally Mr. Blacksmith in English) is the farrier at our barn and he did Caleb's teeth. Caleb was not sedated and he was perfectly fine till he started on a broken tooth right at the back and found an abscess on his tongue right beside it.

On that day he had his teeth floated, feet trimmed, a huge thorn taken out of his neck and a shot of penicillin all for 80$. Floating was about 45, 35 for feet, and he gave the penicillin and took out the thorn for free.
    08-04-2010, 09:43 PM
I'd go dentist over vet in a second. Vet's spend about 2 weeks learning about teeth, while dentist's have far more knowledge. My dentist spends a few months a year out in Montana working on rounded up Mustang's teeth. He knows so much about my horse's mouth, my eyes glaze over. I've seen a few local dentists do teeth. Most of them spend about 15 minutes in there and call it a day. Dentist all the way.

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