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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!

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