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  • Shelly Temple earns her USDF silver medal with Cooper

    It is tough to be a champion in any FEI discipline. But, what does it take to excel at two? Just as Shelly Temple who with her 17 year old Morgan gelding LR Ami B-Line (“Cooper”) recently earned the US Dressage Federations silver medal. Shelly has concentrated on ridden dressage with Cooper since his informal retirement from the sport of combined driving in 2013. Shelly and Cooper finalized the silver medal in September at the Pumpkin Patch Dressage Show in Camden, South Carolina with coach Amy McElroy.

    Although Shelly was a former dressage rider during her equestrian career, Cooper was primarily a combined driving pony. Their partnership result in Shelly and Cooper being crowned US National Champion Single Pony in 2006, 2010 and 2011 as well as members of the US Pony Driving team in 2007 and 2011. In the World Championships, Shelly and Cooper won silver and bronze medals in driven dressage as well as two Bronze Team medals. Shelly is sponsored by Omega Fields; “Omega Fields’ Horseshine has been an important part of Cooper’s feeding regimen for years. His coat looks fantastic, and he continues to have health hooves.”

    Shelly’s next goal is earning her USDF gold medal with her longtime partner, Cooper.

    Catalyst Driving Center is an equestrian driving facility in Windsor, South Carolina specializing in the training of all levels of drivers and horses. Please feel free to contact Shelly to learn more about her, the products she trusts, her horses, and what Catalyst Driving can offer the driving enthusiast.

  • To blanket or not to blanket

    Written By: Marcia Hathaway, PhD, University of Minnesota

    horse winter drinking water

    We have received numerous questions lately regarding blanketing. A horse's winter coat can be an excellent insulator, but its insulating value is lost if it gets wet. It is important to keep the horse dry and sheltered from moisture.

    Research has been conducted on the benefits of blanketing a horse to reduce the effects of cold weather. However, most horses are blanketed for various reason (show schedules) and/or personal beliefs of the horse's owner. Blanketing a horse is necessary to reduced the effects of cold or inclement weather when:

    1. There is no shelter available during turnout periods and the temperatures drop below 5°F, or the wind chill is below 5°F.
    2. There is a chance the horse will become wet (not usually a problem with snow, much more of a problem with rain, ice, and/or freezing rain and chilly temps).
    3. The horse has had its winter coat clipped.
    4. The horse is very young.
    5. The horse has not been acclimated to the cold.
    6. Keep in mind a horse will continue to develop a natural winter coat until December 22 (Winter Solstice), when days are becoming shorter. Horses begin to lose their winter coat (and start forming their summer coat) as the days begin to get longer (starting on December 23). Blanketing before December 22 will decrease a horse's natural winter coat.

    Permission granted for reprint of article from University of MN Extension. To read more articles from U of M Extension please visit their A to Z library >>>

  • The risk of administering intramuscular banamine

    Written By: Raffa Teixera DVM & Stephanie Valberg DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota

    Figure 1. This horse has swelling and gas under the skin. Figure 1. This horse has swelling and gas under the skin.

    Flunixin meglumine (Banamine) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent that is very effective for the relief of pain, inflammation and fever in horses.

    Figure 1. This horse has swelling and gas under the skin. Figure 1. This horse has swelling and gas under the skin.

    Banamine is available in both injectable and oral formulas. Veterinarians routinely use the injectable formula intravenously (IV). Horse owners may have oral and injectable Banamine on hand to relieve pain. It is important for owners to be aware of the risks if they give intramuscular (IM) injections of Banamine or other medications.
    Banamine as well as a number of other drugs (ivermectin, progesterone, anti-histamines, phenylbutazone, dipyrone, vitamin B complex, synthetic prostaglandins) can cause muscle damage when injected. While this usually causes few problems, spores of the bacteria Clostridium can lie dormant in healthy muscle and begin to proliferate if muscle is damaged. Growth of this bacteria causes Clostridial myositis, a serious and sometimes fatal condition. Within 6 to 72 hours of the bacterial infection beginning, horses develop swelling and crunchy areas of gas under the skin at the site of the IM injection. As bacterial toxins are released into the bloodstream horses quickly become very ill with signs of depression, colic, purple gums, and reluctance to move. Diagnosis of Clostridial myositis is made by identifying gas produced by Clostridia in the damaged muscle using ultrasound and by examining aspirates of the area for bacteria.
    It is very important to recognize and treat Clostridial myositis early and aggressively to decrease fatalities. Antibiotics such as intravenous penicillin and oral metronidazole are used in addition to surgically opening and cleaning any affected areas. Between 31% and 73% of horses survive Clostridial myositis but it may take months for the skin and muscle to heal.
    Although the risks of Clostridial myositis are relatively low, whenever possible it is best to administer Banamine orally or have a veterinarian administer the drug IV. If any IM injection is given, the area should be monitored for signs of swelling and gas pockets under the skin and horse watched for fever or depression. Call your veterinarian or the UMN CVM immediately if you notice these signs.

    Permission granted for reprint of article from University of MN Extension. To read more articles from U of M Extension please visit their A to Z library >>>

  • A Dozen Eggs - Why Are They Sold In A Dozen?

    Written By Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily


    The number twelve has had special significance for man since the ancient times, from Jesus' twelve apostles to twelve full moons per year and twelve months in a year. There are twelve inches in a foot and twelve hourly divisions on a clock.  There are twelve zodiac signs, twelve tribes of Israel and twelve Knights of the Round Table. There are twelve days of Christmas. But what does any of that have to do with why eggs are sold by the dozen?
    Eggs too have had an important significance throughout history. To Christians, an egg represents the resurrection of Jesus. Eggs universally represent rebirth, fertility and new life. Eggs have been eaten and used in baking reportedly as early as 25 BC. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, eggs were typically sold at markets individually, with the buyer choosing the number of eggs they wished to buy from a large basket the seller had on display and transporting them home with their other market purchases in a smaller handheld basket
    In Western Europe, particularly England, from as early as the 700s and continuing right up until around 1960, the Imperial Unit System was used. Under this system, there were twelve pennies to a shilling, likely because of the huge importance of the number twelve to civilization. This meant that an egg could be sold for a penny, or a dozen eggs could be sold for a shilling, with no change-making required. Breads and rolls were sold the same way at market. It made it simpler to sell individual units this way and group them into sets of twelve.  By the Elizabethan period, roughly 1550-1600, selling eggs by the dozen was the standard practice, and several years later, the settlers coming to North America brought the same system with them and eggs continued to be sold in sets of twelve.



    Clearly old habits die hard! Even with the advent of the decimal system in Europe and elsewhere, eggs still continue to be sold by the dozen for the most part, although in some countries they are sold in cartons of ten.
    So that's why eggs are sold by the dozen to this day, but where does the term 'baker's dozen' come from? Well, in the 13th century, King Henry III ruled that severe penalties would be inflicted on bakers and others selling goods at market if they cheated their customers. To ensure that the buyers were not being accidentally shortchanged, it became common practice for the baker or farmer to put an extra roll or egg into each customer's basket. Hence, a baker's dozen is thirteen, not twelve.

    Some trivia for you:
    The English word "dozen" comes from the  French word "douzaine" meaning a group of twelve. The French word is a derivation of "duodĕcim", which is the Latin word for twelve.

    The modern egg carton wasn't invented until 1911 in Canada. Several years prior, in 1906, an 'egg box' was invented in England which was basically a wooden box with slats to keep the eggs from breaking. By this time, the practice of selling eggs in dozens was commonplace and cartons started to be manufactured commercially that held twelve eggs.
    A 'gross' is a dozen dozen.


  • Omega Fields at Massachusetts Equine Affaire 2015

    Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. announces that it will be at the 2015 MA Equine Affaire in W. Springfield, MA on November 12-15, 2015. This year we will be our 2nd year partnering with Cheshire Horse for the retail sales of our products at booth #314 and #315 in the Better Living Center Building. The Cheshire Horse will be providing a gift with purchase.
    Again this year, there will be a FREE 6 month Omega Horseshine ( product giveaway from Omega Fields – all you have to do is sign up at the booth for your chance to win. Other product giveaways include NEW Omega Nibblers Low Sugar & Starch horse treats ( and NEW Omega Smart Hearts soft baked dog treats. (

    About Omega Fields
    Omega Fields® is recognized as a minority-owned business. Its mission is to offer the finest quality, most nutritious products at fair prices, and to provide outstanding customer service. Omega Fields wants its customers to have exceptional experiences with their products, staff, websites and retailers.

    Omega Fields is the first manufacturer in the animal health industry to use human-grade, non-GMO stabilized ground flaxseed, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and containing the optimum ratio of the full spectrum of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids for equine, goat, canine, poultry and human nutrition. The innovative use of flaxseed milled with a unique stabilization technology ensures long shelf life and superior quality for Omega Fields’ products.

    Contact: Allison Kuhl _ Director of Business Development, Omega Fields, Inc. • (920) 550-4061 ext. 119 •,

  • Omega Fields is proud to announce it will be a GOLD level benefactor for the ECIR No Laminitis Conference

    Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. is proud to announce our continued support of the No Laminitis! Conference for 2015. Presented by the ECIR Group, Inc., with Keynote Speakers Dr. Eleanor Kellon, VMD ; Robert Bowker, VMD, PhD; and many more. To be held November 6-8, 2013 in Georgetown, Texas.
    Omega Fields’ goal is to promote and support optimal equine health through knowledge, instruction and practice. Once considered a death sentence, Laminitis is often the first sign that leads to a diagnosis of Equine Cushing’s disease or Insulin Resistance. This conference will provide new and emerging information to help recognize how laminitis can be prevented and treated with background, new and emerging information on equine insulin resistance and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (Cushing ’s disease) and including drug, nutritional management and hoof physiology and function. Full conference information can be found at
    “On behalf of the hardworking conference organizers and non-profit officers and directors, we offer a special thanks to all of you for your support. Omega Fields in an important product used by many of our members. In addition to the information and new research being discussed at this conference, it is also a major fundraiser for 2015. Funds raised here will allow us to continue to expand our outreach to owners, vets, farriers, trimmers and others struggling to help the horses in their care.” Says Nancy Collins, ECIR Group, Inc. – Treasurer/Director.
    “Omega Fields’ Omega flagship Omega-3 supplement – Omega Horseshine ( is recommended for horses suffering with metabolic syndrome such as Cushings disease and Insulin Resistance. With a NSC value or 4.4%, it is a wonderful Omega-3 supplement for horses that cannot be grazing on sugar rich fresh green grass,” states Sean Moriarty, President of Omega Fields.

    About Omega Fields
    Omega Fields® mission is to offer the finest quality, most nutritious products at fair prices, and to provide outstanding customer service. Omega Fields wants its customers to have exceptional experiences with their products, staff, websites and retailers.

    Omega Fields is the first manufacturer in the animal health industry to use human-grade, non-GMO stabilized ground flaxseed, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and containing the optimum ratio of the full spectrum of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids for equine, canine, poultry and human nutrition. The innovative use of flaxseed milled with a unique stabilization technology ensures long shelf life and superior quality for Omega Fields’ products.

    Contact: Allison Kuhl _ Director of Business Development, Omega Fields

  • Omega Fields Announces NEW Omega Smart Hearts Dog Treats

    Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. is excited to announce its new natural, nutritious and tasty dog treats – Omega Smart Hearts ( These new treats are soft baked heart shaped with human grade NON-GMO ground flaxseed as the #1 ingredient. They do NOT contain corn or soy. The Smart Hearts come in four delicious flavors – Prime Rib, Roasted Chicken, Cheese & Bacon, and Roasted Turkey. It is also offered in a new preprinted pouch size of 2 lbs.
    “Our Omega Smart Heart treats were tailored made from feedback and requests from our Omega Fields customers. They loved our Omega Nuggets but provide amazing suggestions that helped us formulate the new treat. The treat is soft baked – easy to chew for young or old dogs, small or large. It is our continued goal to provide our customers with the Omega-3 treats and supplements their animal’s deserve.” said Omega Fields President, Sean Moriarty.
    About Omega Fields
    Omega Fields® mission is to offer the finest quality, most nutritious products at fair prices, and to provide outstanding customer service. Omega Fields wants its customers to have exceptional experiences with their products, staff, websites and retailers.

    Omega Fields is the first manufacturer in the animal health industry to use human-grade, non-GMO stabilized ground flaxseed, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and containing the optimum ratio of the full spectrum of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids for equine, canine, poultry and human nutrition. The innovative use of flaxseed milled with a unique stabilization technology ensures long shelf life and superior quality for Omega Fields’ products.

    Contact: Allison Kuhl _ Director of Business Development, Omega Fields

  • Fall Grasses Increase Risk of Laminitis

    Written By: Juliet M. Getty , PhD.

    As temperatures begin to dip, Dr. Juliet Getty, equine nutrition specialist, wants your horse to make the transition to winter feeding in good shape, and that means understanding about the sugar and starch that lurk in your fall pasture growth.  If you have horses that are overweight, insulin resistant, or suffer from equine Cushing’s disease, you know about keeping them off of spring grasses. The non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) content is too high for free-choice grazing to be safe, increasing the risk for laminitis. But don’t think you're out of the woods once spring is over. True, summer is safer, but as early fall nights cool down below 40 degrees F for the majority of the night, the dangerous carbohydrates once again increase. Grass accumulates NSC (sugars and starch) as it is exposed to sunlight. The levels reach a peak in the late afternoon. During the dark hours, the grass uses this fuel for itself, and by morning, the levels are at their lowest. But cold nights prevent grass from using as much NSC, resulting in a higher NSC concentration during the day. Don’t be fooled by the brown grass you see in the late fall. Spread it apart and you’ll likely see some green at the base, which is high in sugar and starch. If it hasn’t rained in a while, your grass will look dried out; but be careful – dry grass can actually have a higher NSC percentage than long, lush-looking grass.

    Testing your pasture every couple of weeks may be a good option this time of year. Equi-Analytical Labs offers their economical "Fast Track" test that provides sugar and starch levels. Though just a snapshot of what is happening to the grass at that moment in time, consistent testing will provide a trend that may offer some peace of mind in determining when the grass has gone dormant for the winter.


    Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is an independent equine nutritionist with a wide U.S. and international following. Her research-based approach optimizes equine health by aligning physiology and instincts with correct feeding and nutrition practices.

    Dr. Getty’s comprehensive resource book, Feed Your Horse Like a Horse, is available at -- buy it there and have it inscribed by the author, or get it at Amazon ( or other online retail bookstores. The seven separate volumes in Dr. Getty’s topic-centered Spotlight on Equine Nutrition series are available with special package pricing at her website, and also at Amazon in print and Kindle versions. Dr. Getty’s books make ideal gifts—check her website for holiday specials.

  • On the Move

    Written By Jenny Pavlovic

    Over the summer I was offered a new job in Wisconsin, the state where I grew up. I wanted to move back closer to my family, and I love the Madison area. So in September, after I had lived in Minnesota for 31 years, and in the same house for almost 26 years, we made the move to Wisconsin.

    Our home in Minnesota was all that Chase and Cay probably remember. With plenty of room to run and play on 5 acres and a state park in the backyard, we’ve all been spoiled. While our Minnesota place is on the market we’re staying with family in Wisconsin, on a 17-acre place with plenty of room to run. I’m pondering what our next place will be like. I want to downsize with less to take care of, and live near a park with wild spaces where we can hike very day. I want a quiet place where we have neighbors, but don’t feel crowded, where a dog is allowed to bark once in a while without disturbing the neighborhood.

    While exploring the area and looking for our new home, I realized how much my life and decisions involve the dogs. Every evening when I come home from work, the dogs and I go for a walk. Proximity to trails is a plus. A large fenced or fence-able yard is a plus. A dog-friendly neighborhood is a must.

    Although Minnesota and Wisconsin are neighboring states, when you’re moving over 250 miles, you might as well be moving across the country. I tried to stay aware of and minimize the stresses the dogs had with moving. We were lucky to be going to a familiar place they had visited many times, where they’re comfortable. But when we started packing up the household, the dogs showed signs of stress. I told them where we were going and hoped they understood. When family helped us move over the course of a few weekends, the dogs watched our belongings gradually leave our house. When the house was almost empty and I was sleeping on the floor, they were clearly concerned. Almost all that they had known and guarded had been taken right out from under their noses, and I had told them it was ok!

    I tried to keep the schedule the same, feeding and walking the dogs at the same time every day, before and after we moved. Exercise and our daily walks are clearly a good way for all of us to unwind. I kept their food and supplements consistent, including Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets to help them stay healthy. I gave them Rescue Remedy during the most stressful times, when boxes and furniture were being moved out of our house. The ride to our ‘new’ residence was an easy trip that the dogs and I had made many times.

    Once in Wisconsin, I had to adjust to a new work schedule. We arrived late on a Saturday night and I had to start my new job on Monday morning. During that first week I felt exhausted, and Chase didn’t finish his breakfast. He must have been concerned by the change in the schedule and perhaps my nerves with starting a new job. I tried to stay calm and not make him any more nervous. But I could tell that he was sensitive to anything that concerned me. Fortunately, by supper time, Chase was hungry enough to finish his breakfast and eat his supper, so he was still eating enough food and supplements. But his finicky behavior at breakfast told me that it was going to take a while for us to settle in.

    We’re living with other people in their house, a place we’ve visited for long weekends, but not for this long. We miss our home in Minnesota, and the St. Croix River. But we’re staying at a beautiful place here in Wisconsin, and getting more time to visit with family. We’re discovering new places to hike, including Lake Kegonsa State Park and Blue Mound State Park, both wonderful parks with lovely trails through the woods and prairies, and even a dog beach.

    As we continue to explore the area, we’ll search for and consider what will be important about our new home. The 4-legged members of the family will surely have top consideration.

    Click here to learn about Bernie Siegel’s new book ‘Love, Animals, and Miracles’ with our story about Chase the Library Dog and my story of dolphin healing:

    Click here if you’d like to live on a little piece of heaven in Minnesota, next to Afton State Park:


    Written By Walt Friedrich

    Horse by the dentist

    Ah, this time it’s one of everyone’s least favorite subjects – equine dentistry. But as with our own human dentistry, it must be faced – it’s an important part of the responsibility we take on when we make a home for and share our lives with horses. Besides, after observing the acceptance horses have for those equine dentists who really know what they’re doing, it seems not all of them feel quite so queasy about the subject as do some of us. So sit back, relax, and be happy we’re talking about someone else’s mouth full of those intimidating metal tools – but do pay attention; it may make your next dental event, horse or human, a little easier. Right up front, understand that the results of the next dental encounter your horse has depend entirely upon the dentist, his skill, attitude, demeanor, and the tools he uses, and you get to select just who he is, so do your homework to find a good one. Look on Angie’s List, talk to people whose opinions you trust, including your vet – but note that many vets also practice dentistry, and I would urge you to be skeptical about actually using a vet for this purpose unless he’s more dentist than vet. Although I have the greatest respect for vets, most don’t specialize in dentistry and don’t have the experience and expertise that dedicated practitioners do.  Having made your selection, you need to vet your choice to be sure it’s truly a good one. This is your chance: he’s going to inspect your horse’s mouth, looking for problems, and he should tell you and show you what he’s doing and why. He’ll show you how to feel the upper molar teeth through the horse’s cheeks, looking for sharp points or pain. He’ll demonstrate how to check for free lateral movement of your horse’s lower jaw and explain why it’s important. He’ll show you his tools and explain what they do. He’ll put a speculum into your horse’s mouth to keep it wide open so he can work safely; you should see and feel for yourself what is going on inside your horse’s mouth. The hindmost molar sits just below his eye, a bit hard to get at, and some dentists miss or improperly float those rear molars. He should show you any hooks or ramps or waves or improper slope along the tooth line. Further, some don’t take pains to angle the incisors correctly – if they are not properly adjusted the molars won’t meet correctly, food will not be chewed thoroughly, and the horse's condition will deteriorate.    All of that should convince you that when working inside your horse’s mouth, it is absolutely essential that the dentist use a speculum; he cannot reach the back molars without using one, and if he doesn’t even have one, get him out of there now -- he’s not a a proper “dentist” for your horse.  Equine dentistry is a field that’s under constant discussion – how to perform equine dentistry and how conservative or aggressive to be when doing it. It is all based upon your horse’s teeth; here are the basic facts-of-life about those teeth: a horse has all the teeth he’ll ever have by the age of about five. They don’t grow from there on, they “erupt” from his jaws and gums, very slowly, throughout his lifetime or until there’s no more tooth left, whichever comes first. A tooth erupts at about 1/10th of an inch (2-3 millimeters) per year, allowing the tooth to last up to about 30 years; thus simple arithmetic tells us that if his teeth are floated once per year, the dentist must not take off more than that mm or two lest the horse run out of tooth before he runs out of life. That restriction must be rigidly followed to prevent the need for a porridge-only diet in his last years. Admittedly, this is a conservative approach, but the dentist’s job should be more than just making sure the horse can chew, he should also do what he can to ensure that life will be comfortable for the horse and that he can have the longest life span reasonably possible. Most dentists will show up at your barn carrying a bucket filled with the tools of his trade – a collection of file-like devices called “floats” that will take off surface material from the teeth; probably a large syringe to rinse the horse’s mouth, and a bottle of what he may refer to as “Listerine”, which he’ll use for that rinsing – it cleans and it tastes good. There’ll also likely be a full speculum and probably two half-speculums to fit one side or the other of your horse’s mouth. These are all manually-operated devices, but let us not forget to mention the power dental tools used by some dentists; although quite popular now, they remain a controversial subject, particularly as regards the life span of our horse’s teeth. Power tools allow fast work and can be a great help in severe cases, but some dentists use them for routine tooth maintenance; the problem is that it’s too easy to take off too much substance to do this at every treatment. Always bear in mind that overdone power trimming will come back to haunt you and your horse as he approaches the end of his life contract. The conservative approach is your horse’s only protection against that ultimate porridge diet.

    When routine dentistry is done with proper care, there should be minimum, if any, soreness afterward. But there are some conditions that can show up during dentistry, especially with the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJs), located behind the eye and under the ear – they are the hinges that hold the lower jaw onto the horse’s skull. These joints become quite painful when inflamed, and can cause the horse to fuss during dental procedures, yet routine dental care is imperative for proper TMJ functioning.


    The dental procedure itself can cause problems. Horses should receive frequent periods of rest from the speculum, which is sometimes not possible when extensive dental work is under way, or with difficult patients. Soreness should be anticipated following dental procedures, and having a chiropractic or acupuncture evaluation of the jaw, head, and neck is advisable following any oral procedures.


    There shouldn't be blood either; it most often appears when the horse is fussing about while the dentist is trying to work. If the horse is unruly during dental procedures, then at the request of the dentist and with your permission, Bute or even sedation might be applied.  So let’s talk about sedation. In some situations, sedation is necessary to do a proper job without the horse bleeding, as well as to make it as pleasant an experience as possible for the horse, and to prevent your needing dentistry for yourself when the horse is done. A panicky horse is not safe for either the horse himself, the dentist, or an assistant (you, maybe?) who is in danger of being knocked in the head by the speculum while the horse is wearing it. Thus, sedation seems like an option.

    Please note, however, that sedation is a procedure that must be administered and monitored by a vet, as required by law, because there can be some danger to the horse. An experienced vet will administer no more than is necessary for the dental treatment, so that it will not take hours or more for the horse to come out of it. And don’t argue with that vet when he tells you no sedation because it’s too dangerous. He knows what he’s talking about.


    On a philosophical note, consider that the more natural you can keep your horse, the more correctly he will wear his teeth. Experienced equine dentists will tell you that in their practices they see major differences between the dental condition of livery-stabled horses or those living at a track and "free range" horses. Regular confinement of the horse and/or an unnatural diet will change his feeding pattern, affecting the movement of his lower jaw when chewing, and cause many of the problems we see when practicing dentistry.  Here are a few ideas you can use to see if your dentist knows what he’s doing:

    1. The golden rule; you should determine if the person you have out to do your horse's teeth has a full mouth speculum. If not, it is a clear sign that he or she is not an experienced and professional equine dentist. There is no way a horse can be properly and thoroughly examined and treated without the use of a full speculum.

    2. Many of the conditions that need attention occur on the hindmost cheek teeth, and there is just no way they can be gotten to without a speculum. Using the tongue as a helping handle is an absolute no-no; the tongue itself can be damaged, as can the hyoid bone apparatus that attaches to the larynx area.

    3. Your dentist should have and use his own source of light to have a good look inside the mouth.

    4. The dentist should routinely check the horse’s head, looking for swellings and muscle atrophy. The TMJ should be checked for heat and swelling, breath should be checked for abnormal smell and the lower jaw should be moved from side to side to check if side movements are free and unrestricted.

    5. A thorough job of proper dentistry should require about one hour. If the horse is sore and bleeding afterward, someone has been a bit too severe.

    6. Don’t be angry with your horse if he acts up at sight of the dentist or during the procedure. You can bet he’s just as scared as you would be if your places were reversed.

    7. If your dentist shows up with a bucket with one universal float, he or she probably lacks sufficient dentistry training. Because the horse's mouth is long and big, and because some parts are less accessible than others, different angle heads and different types of floats are needed to get there. The right tools are essential.

    8. Tartar should be removed from the canines and the incisor teeth. Incisors will need occasional reductions if they prevent proper sideways movement of the jaw or if they prevent the cheek teeth from meeting, making grinding of food very difficult. Conversely, if the cheek teeth meet and the incisors don’t, then biting off mouthfuls of growing grass becomes extremely difficult.

    9. No power tools should be used on an unsedated horse and no power tools on a wet floor. It is not safe.

    10. If you use a non-vet dentist, then he should have an agreement with a vet in the area to come and sedate for him. Non-vets are not allowed to sedate, sell medicines or do anything invasive.

    11. The dentist should always fill out a chart to illustrate the examination and the treatment he has done for future reference – and should leave a copy with you.

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