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    05-14-2009, 09:21 PM
The Dentist visited Denny!

$300 later...

When Denny was vet checked in October, the vet who looked at him told me that his teeth were okay, but would need to be floated in the spring/early summer to keep up his tooth work, but nothing needed to be done at the time.
So I had the dentist out today.

Did you know that horses' jaws are not supposed to lock? Denny's does.

Horses back molars are supposed to touch... Denny's didn't.

Horses teeth are not supposed to be razor sharp... Denny's were.

Horses teeth are not supposed to be angled... Denny's were.

Horses are supposed to be able to flex laterally very easily... Denny doesn't.

So, bottom line - get an EQUINE DENTIST to look at your horse's teeth, not a vet.
Denny should be able to start working properly now that his teeth are all perfected, thank goodness. I feel like the worst horsey mom in the world now :(
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    05-14-2009, 09:42 PM
aww, it wasnt your fault. You got it done and he is all better now. Your a great horse mom, alot don't even care about there horses teeth.
    05-14-2009, 09:57 PM
Had Diesels checked last summer. Thankfully, they were all clear. Im sure you're going to see a change now that his teeth are all fixed up :)
    05-14-2009, 10:06 PM
I wish I had an Equine Dentist near me but there isn't. Guess I will just have to stick with the vet :)
    05-14-2009, 11:11 PM
A vet is better than nothing, that's for sure!

I just feel awful that he's been like this for so long :(
    05-15-2009, 12:35 AM
Got all my horses done at the start of the year. :]
    05-15-2009, 03:19 AM
Yes let us know if his riding improves!!
    05-15-2009, 08:18 AM
Sorry, JDI, but I don't agree with you on that. I use vet to do the teeth, and I know for sure this particular vet LOVES doing teeth. It's his 2nd specialization (as stated on his site and as I was told by his clients who originally recommended him to me). I do not think it's safe to use someone with 2 weeks of classes and certificate that he is a dentist.

I'm glad Denny's problems were taking care of though!
    05-15-2009, 12:39 PM
KV, thank you for the clarification. Some vets specialize in teeth and take an interest in them... but most don't :P
    05-15-2009, 12:51 PM
Little story here for THREE years I had my Vet check Miss Sassy's teeth because she wsa throwing her head BAD... like black eye bad if I didn't watch it ... she kept telling me here wasn't a problem.. I finally broke down and called an Equine Denist and low and behold she had a wolf tooth UNDER the gum line sideways... I will NEVER use a vet for teeth again

You really need to check creditals and references though. I called the actual school my guy went to and found out he was a part time instructor there

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