farrier-vet-equine dentist...who should float teeth?
I had a scare that I posted about yesterday. My 10 year old mini has apparently never had his teeth floated. I have had him 6 months. So, the farrier/equine dentist (he has both titles attached to his name, not sure how "official" that is) was here to do my other mini's hooves. I had him go ahead and float my 10 year old mini's teeth. He did not use a power tool, and he did not use the same file he used on the horse's feet. He had a separate set of tools for the horse's mouth.
My scare was that my mini could barely eat last night. I called a friend who is knowledgeable about horses...she kind of scolded me for using a farrier (again, he is also an ""equine dentist." Again, I don't know what that means, really!) Someone on the miniature horse forum agreed with my friend.
I got this farrier/équine dentist's name and number from my neighbor. He has floated and shod her show horse for 20 years.
My vet floated my other mini's teeth, about 6 months ago. It cost $120.
The farrier/equine dentist charged me $30.
Is it true that **vets** only spend a few days studying mouths/teeth, while **equine dentists** spend weeks? I am not stating this as a fact, this is what I have been told.
Anyway, I look forward to an interesting and *friendly* discussion. I know everyone has opinions, and I would like to hear yours. I, personally, am up in the air about this one.