Sedating older equines

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The common use of over-sedation, hanging the heads (which is an incorrect angle to do teeth) , mowing the molar tables down to where they're too short and smooth, frequently at incorrect angles, and too much heat on the dentum of the teeth causing cracks and fractures is harming our horses.Also the use of opening the speculum too wide to get the power tools in, has caused damage to the TMJ and jaw.As a consequence, treatment with these drugs requires an assessment of the clinical status of the horse and can lead to unexpected reactions in individual horses.Before agreeing to sedation and anaesthesia of your horse, it is important that you understand that the use of all sedative and anaesthetic drugs may involve risk to the patient.

I have found in many of my clients horses, that frequently power can take an unfortunate toll on the horse.

Her experience is that many horses will accept the procedure fairly quietly, especially if the work needed is minor or the horse has had previous positive experiences.

She suggests that you prepare your horse by setting him up for success.

Why would you need to have your horse's mouth examined regularly or dental work done?

In the last 15 years, many species have benefited from a preventive dentistry revolution that equates general good health to oral health.

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