Yesterday, I wrote about how this is the season for Equine Dentistry Specials and that you might want to look into the specials in your area. Then I spoke of the dentist/vet that came to visit yesterday.
Many of you spoke of the many Equine Dentists in your area that ARE NOT veterinarians. And, that many of them don’t use sedation. I received one email from the UK saying that most equine dentists are not vets and never use sedation. So there!
I WISH we, in California, had the choice. But, the new laws have made it a bit more difficult for equine dentists who are not veterinarians to practice. So, many have left.
As far as sedation, several of you also asked if ‘sedation’ was a normal thing. Sadly, I think so… But, in support of those technicians and vets who love what they do, have the knowhow and treat the horses wonderfully and have the ‘knack’ of being able to work on horses without sedation… here is a post I wrote in 2012 about Geoff Tucket, DVM.
Take the time to watch at least one of these videos. you will be very impressed!
ORIGINALLY POSTED APRIL, 2012
THIS JUST IN FROM A READER:
Dawn, Doc T and Melissa are just the best! They come here to Massachusetts to do Hs teeth twice a year. Two other boarders at the barn have started using him. Sometimes non boarders truck in to have their horse’s teeth floated. I won’t let anyone put anything in Hs mouth except their hand and the float. Its not just that I’m old, and old fashioned. I’ve watched teeth being done with drugs, speculums, head supports and power tools and its horrifying. I want no stress in Hs life due to her IR, so finding Doc T has been a blessing. He examines her mouth and starts to float, talking to me, and her all the time. He gives plenty of rest breaks so the horse can relax. H loves him. During the breaks, she likes to touch him, and rub on him a little. When he’s done, we get a receipt explaining what if anything they found and corrected. I can’t recommend him enough!
I was thinking about horses and cracked teeth since I had just cracked my molar. (Eechh. Don’t ask…)
Anyway, for me, my cracked molar really, really hurt. So, I figured that a horse’s tooth must also really hurt when it cracks. I thought I would blog about that… cracked horse teeth.
However, when I proceeded to the googlencyclopedia I found no information on equine cracked teeth. Nothing. Nada. Zip. There was no information.
Evidently, cracks in horses teeth do not hurt the way cracks in human teeth do. Or, if they do, the horses aren’t writing about it online…
However, even though my equine cracked tooth search came up dry, I did stumble upon an equine dentist who had several equine dentistry videos and other rather unusual (in a good way) content for a vet…
DR. GEOFF TUCKER
I don’t know this equine dentist veterinarian at all. I’ve never met him nor has he treated my horses or any horse I know. But, his site piqued my interest.
And, since his website seemed geared towards education, I thought I’d ask him my question. So, I ferreted out his email addressed and asked him why horses’ cracked teeth don’t hurt.
To my surprise, I was given an answer very quickly! Actually, let me clarify that. I received and email from him telling me when he would be able to answer me… which was on the following Wednesday.
Lo and Behold, on that following Wednesday, his response popped up in my email:
WELL, WELL, WELL… I THINK I’LL LOOK INTO THIS GUY
I liked his response and I wanted to know more… especially since his website tells of a book he wrote on horse husbandry called, The Ten Irrefutable Laws Of Horsemanship. (I bought the book – I couldn’t resist!)
Hmmmmm. And he tries to always work in the horse’s mouth without drugs or a speculum, eh?
This I have to research.
So, I did.
And, obviously so did he since there are 8 short videos on his website which demonstrate his knack/ability with drug free and speculum free equine dentistry.
Actually, there are several videos in there that answer questions and demonstrate equine dentistry questions. I recommend anyone go to his site (The Equine Practice) or his You Tube page to check out the videos.
If he practiced anywhere near California, I’d have him out in a heartbeat. I really, really wish I could see him in action. And, I’d love for my horses to benefit from his ‘rooted in gentle’ procedures.
(He has his license in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and New York.)
VIDEOS OF BASIC FLOATS WITH NO DRUGS AND NO SPECULUM
For me, to be honest, my horses hate the dentist. All of them… I don’t know if it is the drugs, the space invasion, the mouth stretching or all of the above. I have yearned for an easier way – for the horse.
Of course, all the new medicines and electric equipment sure make it all sound better, faster, less time in the horses’ mouth, etc, etc…
But, to be honest, if this guy was near me, I’d drop all the technology to let him do his natural thing.
If any of you are in his area and decide to use him, please let me know! Or, if any of you have already used him, please rebut me or tell me how wonderful he was.
In any case, please check out these videos. I found them very eye opening…
Here is his website and his info:
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