Our considerate methods are about treating your horse as an individual and with respect, working with care and consideration around his or her mouth, ensuring that we work with your horse to provide the best possible experience to the animal, which will mean better tolerance of future work.Too often, people work with horses in a manner that is either impatient of the horse's reaction, or is geared to simply getting through too many horses in too short a time - either of which can give a horse a bad experience making them less tolerant and in extreme cases contributing to ongoing behavioural problems with the animal.This is why so many people resort to giving sedation to horses to work with them, or choose to use power tools to make their job quicker and easier (which in the majority of cases require the horse to be sedated because of the noise and vibration generated by these tools) But are these practices really necessary or beneficial to the horse? These drugs and practices are being applied to horses to make people's lives easier, but not necessarily the horses, adding costs to the owner and risks to the animal.Of course, sedation has its place in equine dental treatment, such as when performing major extractions of teeth, or for the very small number of animals who are so fractious, that applying treatment without sedation is dangerous all round, but these cases are very much in the minority.
So what is meant by considerate methods and why is that important to you and your horse?
In the vast majority of cases, all corrective work is done manually with extremely high quality, custom designed instrumentation made of medical grade stainless steel.
Not only does this ensure cleanliness, it also means only the correct amount of material is removed from your horse's teeth.
There are a number of other potential risks with power tools; they create a lot of noise and vibration, which is upsetting for most horses, meaning they need sedating to use these tools.
The sheer size of the heads of these tools makes them clumsy to handle, increasing the risk of removing too much material, or removing material from adjacent teeth.
There is no such research available for horses, but as the basic components are the same (enamel, dentine, pulp), it seems reasonable to conclude a similar issue could be happening in horses, which is particularly a concern for the treatment of young horses, where the pulp is closer to the chewing surface than in older horses.