Well this has been for some time and will continually be a very debated issue. It is a matter of opinion but I think that making a statement like 'don't waste your time on a veterinarian' is a very harsh one. I have had both an 'equine dentist' and veterinarian do my horses teeth and had positive results from both.
I choose to go to a vet, anyone who knows me knows why, cause he's a hottie.
Not only that but while a veterinarian looks into my horses mouth he is also checking for other medical conditions that may be present i.e. a tooth abscess, that could possibly have further implications. My veterinarian also checks for beans while the horse is sedated, also checking for other medical conditions.
Anyone can make up a business card and call them self an 'equine dentist' not anyone can make up a business card calling them self an equine veterinarian, there is no governing body over equine dentists and therefore they aren't held accountable or to any standard of practice other than there own work ethic, there is no required amount of training, no anotomy classes required. When someone is in my horses mouth working that close to many important parts I'm comforted knowing thay know the entire anotomy of my horses head. There have been instances where vets have seen a horses mouth mutilated by an 'equine dentist' and vice versa. I think it all boils down to do your homework before you go to anyone to have your horses teeth done. Be sure that you are taking them to a reputable, established place.
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