Whether you are a client who found this address on your invoice or an interested web surfer I'm glad


you are here!  Maybe you are a dentist yourself and you are searching for a better way to care for


horses teeth.  This site is dedicated to educating the public as to the merits of traditional equine


dentistry.  Traditional Equine Dentists use hand held floats to file a horse's molars.  The skills of the


 Traditional Equine Dentist  or TED go beyond simply improving the comfort and performance of a


 horses mouth.  They also must include horsemanship skills since our patients are rarely sedated.


Well floated teeth are the first critical step in caring for a horses mouth. No "advancements" in


 instrumentation or "new procedures" will change that.  The most cost effective,  practical,  and safe


way to get superior results when floating a horses teeth remains with hand held tools.  Using multiple


hand tools (currently there are ten floats in my bucket) and a speculum allows a dentist to negotiate all


 the nooks and crannies of a horses mouth.  The key to a well floated mouth is to reduce the high


 teeth and sharp teeth, but to do it in a even manner. Reduce the high spot,  but leave the molar table


 intact. The front of the molar arcades must receive the same attention as the back of the molar


arcades. If this approach is closely adhered to no filing of the incisors will ever be necessary. If the


 opposing angles of the molar tables are treated with respect no unusual incisor wear patterns will


develop and if unusual patterns do exist they will correct over time with no harm to the TMJ.












 Tooth fairy,  lay dentist,  floater,  call us what you will,  but please don't call us Doctor.  The tradition


of using lay persons to float teeth predates veterinary licensing. The tools and techniques were


handed down from master to apprentice or from father to son.  Every racetrack in America had skilled


laypersons caring for the needs of horses mouths.  Anywhere you found skilled horsemen and women


 you could get the phone number for the "tooth fairy".  The purpose of floating a horses teeth is to


 reduce the sharpness to increase comfort.  A floating also enhances the function of the mouth by


 reducing high teeth.  If the horse stopped ulcerating the inside of his mouth your knew you had made


 that horse more comfortable.  If the horse went back to eating as well or better than before his float,


  you knew you'd improved the function of his mouth.  In my 30+ years floating teeth in a traditional


manner I've corrected every type of problem.  Sloppy and slow eaters are almost always fixed through


 floating.  Floating can stop quidding in an older horses by allowing their geriatric mouths to function


better.  Riders who complain that their mounts are stiffer in one direction find that suppleness and


 connection are enhanced by a proper float.  Head tossing during riding is often caused by discomfort


in the mouth.  I've even had clients say, " their horse's attitude improved after their teeth issues were





  Today horse caretakers have a myriad of choices when it comes to caring for their horses teeth.


  Everything from two rusty floats and grab the tongue to enough tools to build the space shuttle.  Look


 through my site and consider which approach to floating teeth is the most horse friendly and


effective.  Which approach gives the greatest results with the least risk for harm to the patient.  I


believe you'll find the techniques of the Traditional Equine Dentist using hand tools and horsemanship


 is the most effective and productive  approach to floating teeth.   



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