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RE: [RC] re: [RC] Nutrena & Purina? - Vicki Austin

We have the equine dentist in our area twice a year
for some and once a year for others.  She only charges
$40 per horse (no farm call).    As opposed to getting
the vet here at $75 per farm call and then the
floating on top of that(and not a good enough job in
my opinion).   Besides you wouldn't call the (human)
doctor if you needed dental work would you??  Yes the
dentist can do miricles with their teeth and I find
the cost a lot less. Plus they can find broken teeth
and such that the vet would not notice and either
extract them or file them down smooth so the horse is
more comfortable eating.

--- David LeBlanc <dleblanc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
 

Trail Pal said:

Nuts!  I bought some powdered rice bran to balance
the 
calcium in the beetpulp I feed.  

Susan Garlinghouse, DVM said:
 
If your horses won't eat fat unless it's rice
bran, and you can't swallow
the price of stabilized brands, then I'd skip
feeding fats entirely until
you win the lottery.

We used to have problems keeping weight on one of
our's, then we had Sarah
Metcalf do his teeth properly. He'd been floated
before, but a real equine
dentist is a LOT different than floating. At any
rate, we haven't had a
problem since, and he did 15 rides this year on not
much more than beet
pulp, hay, and a little Strategy. Mostly beet pulp
and hay, and he went
through the whole season just a tad chubby. Before
that, we tried all sorts
of things, nothing worked.

Anyway, the equine dentist may seem like a lot of
$$, but if you subtract
out the savings on feed, it probably pays off in a
few months. I'm sure it
isn't the answer for everyone, but next time I have
a horse that doesn't
keep weight on, first call is to the dentist.




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