Equine dental advice

One of our aims is to turn one of the barns in to an indoor arena, where we can rehabilitate the horses and hold classes and clinics. We can also hire the arena out, bringing in funds making us more self sufficient. Below is an example of why we need this facility. We work closely with our vets, dentist and farriers, BHS and other animal/equine officials. By having an indoor seated arena, we can open so much up to the public, by holding talks like below:-

DO YOU LOOK AT YOUR HORSES TEETH WHEN THE DENTIST IS STARTING AND FINISHING?

DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT THEY SHOULD LOOK LIKE?

HAVE YOU EVER CHECKED WHAT DENTISTRY QUALIFICATIONS YOUR VET/DENTIST HAS?

DO YOU KNOW THAT THERE ISN’T MUCH IN THE WAY OF GOVERNING WHEN IT COMES TO DENTISTRY?

DO YOU REALISE THAT MEANS ITS UP TO YOU TO SEE/KNOW ALL OF THE ABOVE?

DO YOU KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES?

CHECK THE BAEDT WEBSITE FIRST OFF, IF YOUR VET/DENTIST ISN’T ON THERE, DON’T USE THEM.

We are lucky here, that we have Students training here and last year had Dentists from all over doing their CPD assessments here, so we know what we are looking at, plus our Dentists show us their work automatically.

Just because your dentist is chatty, talks like they know what they are doing or even easy on the eye, does not mean they know what they are doing.

Our Dentists Lee-Shakeshaft Edt may have funny, floppy hair and Robin Harding may pull funny faces but they are correctly registered and trained, they show us what they are doing and why, most of all, they treat the whole mouth. Do you know how many incorrectly trained or lazy people dont even get to the back of the mouth?

Some vets do also hold dentistry certificates, those based at Leahurst aren’t on the BAEDT website but, we know they are continuously trained and updated by those on site who specialise in dentistry however, there are a lot of ‘have a go’ vets and Jo Blogs public out there who can cause serious damage, potentially FATAL damage.

If too much is taken off a horses teeth in one go, they can’t chew, as we have seen in Sailor, this caused him to become impacted and dehydrated, his teeth were done just before he came here by a vet.

On a normal yard, with owners just visiting twice a day around work, he would have been in agony for hours, potentially even dead by the time he was found, due to simple over filing of his teeth. Thanks to our ‘on the ball’ volunteers Amy & Sophie, they knew he just wasn’t right, so he was seen by the on call vet and into the hospital very quickly, before he even had chance to colic from the impaction.

Please, have a think of how much you really know about your chosen dentist and the work they do.