01-25-2012, 03:08 PM
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Whether it be power tools or hand tools, it all depends on the experience and skill of the person using them.
I had Jester's teeth done about 3 months after I got him. Charlie had his teeth done right before I bought him- both horses were done with hand tools.
The barn had an equine dentist come out and when he looked in each of my horse's mouths, he said it looked like they hadn't been done in years. He had me reach back and feel in their mouths- it was awful. Charlie's extreme sensitivity to any rein contact made sense and I couldn't believe Jester behaved as well as he did. The dentist used power tools and sedated the horses, both of them were fine. Within a few days of having the procedure, Charlie was soooo much better with rein contact.
After this, I really prefer the power tools. But I got lucky and had a great dentist to do it. The dentist explained that when a vet uses hand tools, it's easy to miss the sharp points since they are so far back. I would recommend using the power tools, but only if you find a great dentist to do it.