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Equine Dentistry

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What You Should Know About A PowerFloat

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I had the pleasure of having Dr. Ben Mighton from the Walkerton-Hanover Veterinary Clinic come to the Blake Farm and share his knowledge while doing the PowerFloat procedure on Dancer.  This info will help you make better decisions in dental care for your horse. It is important to have a consultation to assess the state your horse’s mouth is in; as this can affect their nutrition and overall health if they can’t eat & digest properly. Some horses are lightly sedated and some not at all. Dancer managed the treatment well in fact I think she enjoyed it. I have included a link to Dental Problems site which has great explanations of dental terminology like hooks, ramps, wave mouth, traverse ridge ……….

This stainless steel style speculum for horses is a necessary piece of equipment for the practice of equine dentstry. This “easy to open design” speculum is suitable for a wide range of breed sizes.

Durable biothane straps are long lasting. The side arms are designed so that they do not close into the horse’s cheek (spreader effect). The ratchet mechanism is designed for easier opening.

- - click screen to close - - Dancer at 18 has managed over her years to have a balanced occlusal surface with a few rough edges. Ben allowed me to put my hand in her mouth and feel along the maxilla (upper) buccal surface of her teeth and slide along her cheek feeling for ulcerations created by sharp enamel points.

IMG_0319He then took his Dewalt 0-4000 rpm, plug-in electric motor with a built in clutch system designed to protect the guarded right angle grinding disc; powered by a variable speed, heavy-duty, DeWalt motor. The motor is adapted so that different shafts can be attached according to IMG_0320need. Both burrs can be used with the long rotary shaft.This attachment accepts the guarded chamfer burr which is used to float sharp enamel points off the upper and lower arcades.

The narrow cylindrical round nosed carbide burr allows easy access to the - - click screen to close - -rear molars. The cylindrical burr can also be placed in the short rotary shaft to be used to correct incisor teeth malocclusions. The flared diamond burr allows easy access to the sharp caudal edge of the last upper molar tooth. The Chamfer burr is used for precise angled floating of the sharp enamel points on the upper and lower arcades. The guarded abrasive disc (diamond or carbide) can be rotated into the up or down position for floating of IMG_0321the upper and lower dental arcades.


IMG_0325           Incisal Speculum


Dancer’s beautifully worn incisors due to her continuous grazing. Pretty content patient.



IMG_0326Doc Mighton also mentioned that while a Gelding or Stallion is lightly sedated after the PowerFloat it is a good time to clean the Horse’s Sheath. He explained the dangers of not doing this…..check for and remove the bean-a ball of whitish goo that forms within a small pocket at the tip of your horse’s penis. If not removed, a bean can get as large as a walnut and obstruct urine flow, which can cause your horse discomfort and potential harm.

Thanks Dr. Ben Mighton for a GREAT experience!

Saddle Position

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Does Your Saddle FIT Your Horse????

I read an article not to far back that mentioned the proper positioning of the saddle. After reading it I realized that I hadn’t been paying enough attention to it and had probably put the saddle on incorrectly a lot of times. Pretty dumb of me I thought. Then I saw this article which says I was not alone and that even professional people saddle up the wrong way too.

Horse related sports require a saddle of some kind and it is very important for the well being and comfort of the horse that the saddle sits behind the shoulder blade.

2015_June_16_extra_9 In other words the front of the bar has to be behind the shoulder blade. The attached photo shows how the saddle should sit in relation to shoulder blade. Not on top of the muscle. This is a perfect pic to show all the muscle formation.


 While I am sure that most of you are not as dumb as me, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to remind ourselves to be aware while saddling. This is a great link to Rod Nikkel so you can read all of his invaluable information.

Does anybody recognize the featured horse at top of blog?


Horse Nutrition

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Have you ever wondered if you are feeding your horse the right amounts of nutrition………..

Has Your Horse Got IR Symptoms???

Marc-André Blouin: Equine Nutrition Consultant was a guest speaker for 50th Annual Grey Bruce Farmer’s Week & Trade Show. Bluewater Feed Company Ltd invited him to speak at Horse Day. If you were ever wondering about hay to grass transition this is a very interesting read. He shared an amazing amount of information  on feeding the Cushings/Insulin Resistant (IR) horse. I have included Marc-Presentation  to view.  The Horse has a good article as well on Spring Grass Safety.