Good horse dentistry should be precise, safe, easy for the horse
and require only a minimum dose of sedation. In addition to horsemanship
that wins the horses’ cooperation for the treatment, adequate technology
plays a key role.
With dentistry being part of the maintenance of the horse for hundreds
of years, instruments for dental treatments were designed and developed
a long time ago. Many of these basic instruments still fulfill their
purpose. They are being replicated and sold today. Others, i.e. gag
speculum, canine nippers, molar cutters, molar spreaders and chisels
became obsolete and are replaced with modern tools that make procedures
safer and less stressful for the horse.
In the contemporary world of equine dentistry, there are different
approaches to technology with different effects. Basically a horse
dentist can prefer to work with power tools or can use mainly manual
instruments. Pequinox Equine Dentistry uses precise customized manual
floats instead of electrical floats. All power tools are watercooled
and used only to shorten the incisors and to remove some specific
Combining his thorough experience in horse dentistry, blacksmithing
and tool development, Louis has developed manual streamline floats that
exactly compliment the anatomical conditions in the horses’ mouth -
instruments designed by a horse dentist for horse dentists, making the
horses’ well-being the top priority. In combination with cooperative
horsehandling skills, these tools make the treatment very easy for the
horse so that no high dose of sedative is required. Also, the application
of cooperative horsehandling skills and the detection of sensitivities
would be impossible with a highly sedated horse not aware enough for
constant communication and interaction with the dentist.
Louis manufactures the instruments with much the same design developed
through generations. The customized tools are very small, so the horse
doesn’t have to open its mouth wide. The manual tools also have less chance
of creating heat which causes damage to the tooth as well as to its
attached structures, and less danger of overfloating the molars. Since
the horses’ teeth all have their own angles and specifics, safe and
easy high precision work cannot be done with the same float for all
teeth. A set of tools therefore, consists of at least 12 different
floats for the different kinds of teeth.
Contact us for more information about our
customized manual instruments.