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        12-04-2012, 01:55 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    We use a Equine Dentist.....I won't ever go back to people who hand float teeth, THAT is a waste of my money. I prefer the Power Tools.....

    But that is just my personal preference....and to me I would go find somebody more qualified then the two your talking about. Our guy is friends with our shoer and comes up 1-2 times a year and we have our horses done on one of those trips, he also drives 4 hours to come up.

    Yes it costs a little more but I have had better results from him then any person who has ever done the teeth by hand. He sedates the horse, then lets you run your hand in the mouth the feel the teeth before, and then he lets you feel them after. And if they don't need done he will tell you that, or if they just need a little work he will do that. I have ran into a lot of "highly recommended" people that will take a glance...nope the horse doesn't need done (yet the horse suddenly is fighting the bit, ect and showing all the signs he NEEDS done). Or they take a look and yep that horse has terrible teeth and needs to be done (when I bring them along just to CHECK to see if they need anything minor done and are not showing ANY SIGNS).

    This guy is the best...and I did a lot to find a good one. Also...some horses need sedation and don't really tolerate the guy with the rasp in its mouth with its jaw clamped open.

    Once again...JMO
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        12-04-2012, 02:02 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Dentist, hands down. Don't skimp on good dental care.
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        12-04-2012, 03:03 PM
      #13
    Banned
    My preference is for someone who does it by hand without power tools and without sedation if it is not needed.
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        12-04-2012, 05:16 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Hmm my vet will do what you want. Hand float or power tools and sedation or not. Since its illegal here for anyone to practice equine dentistry without being a vet I will take the person that has a legal business. You can still shop around and get people's opinion but I feel it's best to stay with the legal operations.
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        12-04-2012, 05:26 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I wouldnt hire some one operating illegally. So your dentist is out. If he is illegal I can tell you he doesnt have a liscense and doenst have insurance. And is probably buying illegal drugs from god knows where. So when he screws up or your horse falls over dead, he's going to get in his truck and drive away. FInd a vet that does dental care, or an equine dental tech that works with a Vet that is standing there and is responsible for what goes on.
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        12-04-2012, 05:35 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I've had better experience with pure equine dentists than then vet/dentist I used the first time, granted she is a horrible person to work with in general, but she sedated my old boy, he was 25 at the time and I was seriously worried, he was calm before hand and once you got the floating bit (whatever it's actually called, the thingo that holds their mouth open :P) in, which isn't hard, he would just stand. Not to mention the cost was $240 NZD a horse, ~$200 USD, and I felt the job she did was average.
    Since then I have been using a registered equine dentist, she doesn't sedate unless absolutely necessary and then she is happy to use your local vet for that part, seeing as here they are not allowed to administer sedation themselves. She also uses the hand tools. She was a very reasonable $60 a horse.
    Another time when our regular dentist could not make it, we used a guy who had been doing it for 30 years and was the regular dentist for Sunline (Sunline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) he did a good job too.
         
        12-04-2012, 06:26 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    i wouldnt hire some one operating illegally. So your dentist is out. If he is illegal I can tell you he doesnt have a liscense and doenst have insurance. And is probably buying illegal drugs from god knows where. So when he screws up or your horse falls over dead, he's going to get in his truck and drive away. FInd a vet that does dental care, or an equine dental tech that works with a Vet that is standing there and is responsible for what goes on.
    That is what bothers me about an equine dentist. Some states may allow them to operate but here they can't and the OP stated they can only operate under the care of a vet. The lady that is coming to our barn this week(someone's friend) when asked what she would do if a horse had a bad reaction to the sedation then she would call the vet. Too bad your horse would be dead by the time the vet finally got there. At least my vet can be held accountable.
         
        12-04-2012, 07:07 PM
      #18
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr    
    We use a Equine Dentist.....I won't ever go back to people who hand float teeth, THAT is a waste of my money. I prefer the Power Tools.....

    But that is just my personal preference....and to me I would go find somebody more qualified then the two your talking about. Our guy is friends with our shoer and comes up 1-2 times a year and we have our horses done on one of those trips, he also drives 4 hours to come up.

    Yes it costs a little more but I have had better results from him then any person who has ever done the teeth by hand. He sedates the horse, then lets you run your hand in the mouth the feel the teeth before, and then he lets you feel them after. And if they don't need done he will tell you that, or if they just need a little work he will do that. I have ran into a lot of "highly recommended" people that will take a glance...nope the horse doesn't need done (yet the horse suddenly is fighting the bit, ect and showing all the signs he NEEDS done). Or they take a look and yep that horse has terrible teeth and needs to be done (when I bring them along just to CHECK to see if they need anything minor done and are not showing ANY SIGNS).

    This guy is the best...and I did a lot to find a good one. Also...some horses need sedation and don't really tolerate the guy with the rasp in its mouth with its jaw clamped open.

    Once again...JMO
    What is it exactly that made you leave hand floating? My dentist is also my farrier and he knows what he is talking about and all I hear is how TERRIBLE it is to use power tools because you can't tell the natural angle of the teeth and one accidental slip and you have a completely ruined mouth on the poor horse. Hand floating is the only thing I trust. I also don't trust having a vet do it unless he had specific dental training along with vet school because in vet school they only teach you how to float and nothing about the horse or the angles of the teeth and they only have about a week of class on it. I'm just very curious what could have made you switch?
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        12-04-2012, 07:17 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Hand floating takes off too much dentine in big ruts, big compared to the precision & smoothness of a specially designed powerfloat. It is much like sanding furniture by hand or with a tool designed to finish wood grains. Hand floating can never reach as far back with precision. Also to do a proper float, the horse needs to be sedated. A well done powerfloat on a normal horse with no special needs should last 2 to 3 years, preserving the precious dentine which does stop growing with age. Go with a vet that takes updated courses in equine dentistry.
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        12-04-2012, 09:32 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    I wouldnt hire some one to power flush my toilette that was operating illegally and didnt have a business license and insurance. I dang sure wouldnt let one work on my horse.
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