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post #11 of 50 Old 11-30-2011, 02:47 AM
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at our ex farm, we used the "equine dentist" that the BO called in. I was horrified when it was all over. He was fat, with a long greasy ponytail, told off color stories in front of the other boarder's two young daughters, stuck his hand in the horse's mouth and started filing away without EVER actually LOOKING in there....he just felt around, decided what to file and moved on to the next horse. The floating took less than five minutes. Seriously. From start to finish....five minutes.

And he only charged $35 dollars.

You get what you pay for.
Other than the personal insults about your former equine dentist, (which are completely unreasonable and offensive) he sounds a lot like my equine dentist, who I adore.

My equine dentist does not sedate unless it is required, and then a vet has to be called. I have never had it be required, he feels the teeth and does it by hand. For teeth that are not too bad, he is done in around 10-15 mins.



OP I do think that's in the ballpark for how much vets charge. The barn call fee, sedation and extra cost for power floats are all normal for a vet.
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post #12 of 50 Old 11-30-2011, 02:56 AM
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And I don't care what anyone says: I flat out do not believe you can do a good, safe floating job without sedating the horse.

See, I thought the same, and I had Duffy done in October... which reminds me I need to chase up the bill from them, it cost me 35 for float and call out... your guys prices are HIGH.

I got my vet to check her teeth as part of the vet check, more to establish age etc so the horse on the passport was the horse I was getting- and no glaring problems.

I was worried about her reaction, but she stood calm and happy as larry to have her teeth floated hand and power I think you call it?? Sharp on her left side and apart from that she's fine... out of the 6 horses that were done that day only two were sedated, and two had to be twitched.
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Daffy - power floating would be using electric power tools. Does your dentist use those without sedation?
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The float was powered, yes, and yes without sedation.

She didn't go full on, she tried it first and Duffy stood as though nothing was happening.

She's one of the top equine dentists in our area
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So I have an appointment with the vet to come out to float Moose's teeth and remove his wolf teeth. She came out a few weeks ago to do his rabies and do a check up. This was my first time using this new vet and I wasn't all too pleased with the service. The vet was very blunt and dry with her words and didn't explain things all too well but she got everything done that I asked. I was thinking about switching vets since I wasn't too pleased with her but I figured she only needs to come out once a year for shots, she got everything done like I had asked; and I have heard that she is a pretty good vet from other people I know.

Now, when she did the check up she looked over his teeth and said they need to be floated. They aren't terrible but should be done and he definitely needs his wolf teeth removed as I know it is causing discomfort when I ride him with a bit.

I was talking to the BM today and I told him that the vet's office is charging me about $250 to come out and have his teeth floated and wolf teeth removed.
Call out charge: $50
Sedation: $50
Wolf teeth removed: $30 per tooth so $30x 2= $60
Power Floating: $90

My BM was appalled at the price! The barn has an equine dentist come out once a year for the boarders to have there horses teeth done but I missed him this year. Now is this price ridiculous? My last two horses didn't need there teeth done so I'm not familiar with what power floating goes for....
I'm in New York and my BM told me to shop around for a better price because 1. $250 is super expensive (according to what he usually pays) and 2. He told me to never let the vet do floatings because they try to up the price extensively and they don't even teach them how to float teeth properly in vet school. *shrugs*

He has an Equine Dentist come out and he told me he has never seen the guy charge more then $75 and doesn't sedate the horses.

Anybody from New York out there? Opinions? I mean I think $250 is pretty steep of a price to have teeth done but then again I've never had to get any of my horses done so I'm pretty clueless on this subject.
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On average in Vet school they only get about 7 hours of training on floating teeth. An equine dentist gets months of training. And depending on the horseshoeing school a farrier maybe gets an hour or two of training.

I have found word of mouth is the best way to find someone to float teeth.
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I'm in MD, not NY, but prices here are about the same (except the sedation, it's cheaper). I usually try to combine floating with other routine (shots and coggins) to avoid paying call fee and sedation (one of my mares doesn't tolerate intranasal injection) twice.

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On average in Vet school they only get about 7 hours of training on floating teeth
Some vets do floating on daily basis. And some even specialize in it. So it all depends. I used both - dentist and vet - and didn't find the difference (I liked dentist more though because he was EXTREMELY gentle with both horses the way he treated/talked to them).

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Off-topic, but.....is this really relevant? I'd judge someone on the quality of work they do, not their appearance and demeanor.
I'd say it is relevant. As it demonstrates a lack of professionalism and attention to detail.
Sadly lots of levels of "equine dentists" as there really isnt a national standard. You can get a certificate with little to know training. SOme states have a licensing procedure some don't. SOme states require you to be certified by a vet. I am sure it is possible to self teach do the research and be able to do a great job. It is also possible to have a doctorate in Vet medicine and suck at it. But if I am rolling the dice I think I will take my chances with the doctorate.
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Some vets do floating on daily basis. And some even specialize in it. So it all depends. I used both - dentist and vet - and didn't find the difference (I liked dentist more though because he was EXTREMELY gentle with both horses the way he treated/talked to them).

I have had a vet ruin a horses mouth with a power float and my horse wasn't the only one he did it to. And I have heard people complain about a dentist they have used. That is why I suggested getting recommendations before choosing someone.(No matter if it is a vet, dentist or farrier)
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I'd say it is relevant. As it demonstrates a lack of professionalism and attention to detail.
Sadly lots of levels of "equine dentists" as there really isnt a national standard. You can get a certificate with little to know training. SOme states have a licensing procedure some don't. SOme states require you to be certified by a vet. I am sure it is possible to self teach do the research and be able to do a great job. It is also possible to have a doctorate in Vet medicine and suck at it. But if I am rolling the dice I think I will take my chances with the doctorate.

Honest opinion, I still don't think it matters. Sure, it helps build up your reputation if you're well presented, but if someone suggests a dentist, vet, farrier etc and they turn up with a greying tank top covered in mustard stains, it wouldn't bother me providing they do their job properly.

And sometimes, those that are well dressed are the bad ones, my old vet was one of them- well presented, well spoken and well dressed. If I ever get my hands on him.. I swear.


Apologies for divebombing thread ;D
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