Good to know! Thanks for bringing that up!
I just looked up the laws regarding equine dentistry in Michigan and it says that it is illegal for an individual to use controlled substances as sedatives on horses if they are not a licensed DVM. I know for a fact that Dave the "dentist" is not a DVM and he uses sedatives. STRONG ones, too. One of the other boarder's at my barn has a mare named Misty who is a 24/7 pistol and she was zoned out for an hour and a half after what he gave her.
The document that I found also says that equine dentistry can be performed by an unlicensed individual under the delegation of a licensed veterinarian... So that means that Richard, the guy who only does floats without using any anesthesia, who is referred to clients by a licensed veterinarian, is probably the one I should go with. I'll call my vet tomorrow and double check that info, too. I'm not sure if Dave is working with a vet or not, but his brochure doesn't say anything about it.
I have asked my friend Jenn about how her horses are doing after their floats and she said they are doing great. Her gelding, who was dropping grain every feeding, is now actually putting on weight and not missing a morsel. One of her mares is less head shy and better with the bit, too. All signs of a good float, right?
I wouldn't hire just anyone to do this, I do my homework. Trust me, I am always careful and right there anytime another person needs to do anything to my horse. Plus, I don't want to take any chances with the law.
"A rider who would trade partnership for obedience
will have to settle for neither."
Last edited by QuietHeartHorses; 12-04-2012 at 07:21 AM.