My new boarding facility has a dentist named Dave that comes out twice a year to work on all of the horses. Last time he was out, I had him take a look at Riley's teeth to see what shape they were in. Normal wear and tear, the fronts are a little crooked, but nothing too serious. He quoted me about $165 for everything, including anesthesia, but the farm call could be more depending on how many clients he has in the area on the day of the appointment.
Option two is a local guy named Richard who has been floating teeth for 39 years. He used to do the rodeo circuit and that is where he picked up the skill. He is friends with my vet and whenever one of my vet's clients needs their horse's teeth worked on, he recommends this guy. He charges a flat rate of $50, no anesthesia, no farm call. I've seen him work before, he floated my friend Jenn's horse's teeth in October. Nice guy.
So the question is, do I go with Dave who has all the tools and drugs and special training who told me that having my horse's teeth floated is a waste of money? Or do I go with Richard, who has been floating teeth for almost 40 years? I do everything I can for my horse. Whatever I can, whenever I can. However, if I could save myself $115 and put it to better use somewhere else, I'd rather do that.
So what is the better way to go? Do dentists really do a better job? Is a float a waste of money? Or should I just trust my vet and go with the floater?