Natural Balance Equine Dentistry will provide the best equine dentistry you can find, for the well being of your horse's overall needs. As I contuniue my journey, knowledge and understanding of the equine as a whole. I will always do what is best for the horse and educate the owners, 4-H groups, Horse clubs, Pony Club and whomever would like to learn more about Natural Balance Equine Dentistry.
All of my work is done with specially designed Hand Instruments, a speculum and no restraints and a nice loose fitting halter. I like to keep the horse head in a naturally low position which keeps them in more relaxed state of mind.
It all starts with filing or balancing the front teeth first to be equal to that of a five year old, then we go on to balance the back teeth. When we balance the molars, we maximize the surface to surface contact. We balance the teeth to allow the TMJ to be centered, which turns on the neurology of the horse. We work on our knees with the horse’s head hanging down in a natural position. We use ergonomically redesigned hand held instruments only.
These are some types of dental instruments I use while performing Molar Equilibrating.
* I will only use Hand Instruments and a Speculum
My speculum on the horse
* I will work on your horse incisors first to place the horse
in Natural Balance that fits the horse with lots of space to
move if we need to. I will not work in a confined area.
* Please understand the guidance system effects the
whole horse not just the mouth
* Tempo-Mandibular Joints works with the incisor which
are the major parts to the balance throughout the whole
entire horse. TMJ is the most important factor to the
How I begin my assessment before performing dentistry on the horse:
Examine the caranial cap for any tenderness, heat, swelling ect.
Wendy takes time to introduce herself to the horse. This quiet, simple act establishes a respect and rapport that makes the rest of the process smoother. The evaluation works within the paradigm of what that horse presents. Each horse is different, whether normal or abnormal. It is as if the horse is saying, “hey, this is me, work with it”. Since no two horse’s mouths are the same, adjustments must be made to fit the horse, The first step is a thorough evaluation of the entire horse. This exam is not limited to the mouth and head, but also takes in body condition, asymmetry, head position, personality, gait, gait changes. Some other considerations are breed, age, conditioning, use, performance demands, type of feed. Even the amount of time spent being hauled can change tooth structures. With a practiced eye, and keen awareness. The owner is also asked questions about food, nutritional sources, habits, changes, past traumas. The teeth are checked for occlusion, wear and points. The exam can also reveal other dental disorders, and acquired dental problems from previous, poor adjustments. In some cases, diagnostic X-rays from a veterinarian may be part of the assessment process. I only work on horse balancing the teeth "floating".
I like to work with the horse in an open area if possible so the horse doesn't feel confined. This also give the horse a chance to check me out as well and relax with me and my instruments. This may seem like quite time.
Your Horse is an Individual with Specific Needs
This is where a thorough evaluation of the whole horse is critical. The approach to realignment is dictated by the needs of each individual horse. No two cases are the same. Sometimes the mouth has to be fixed first.In many cases, the pathology in the mouth that is the result of a trauma in the hind end. It is important to get those issues resolved prior to working on the mouth, or else the mouth will continue to be out of balance, and abnormal pathology will return."Sometimes you have to fix the body before you fix the mouth---then the body will allow you to fix the mouth."
* Any sedation will be done by you, or your veterinarian or prescribed by your vet for me to give (this depends on the state) so if you usually sedate your horse for dental appointments we will have to schedule accordingly!*
All sedation will be as light as possible, I will not work on a wobbly horse.
Equilibrating the Incisors:
First I start on your horses front incisors. This is the single most important piece of my job that is very often overlooked by other equine dentists. Your horses incisor length and angle are directly related to any discomfort your horse may have in their Tempo-mandibular joints or TMJ's. The incisors are also the key to anterior/posterior movement of the jaw. The A/P movement is responsible to your horses ability to properly graze and correctly round it self. This allows the horse to collect into a frame by squeezing its abdomen muscles and lifting it back (rounding) and then having the horse use the hind end to step underneath its self. This in turn allows them to develop their top lines and use their body more freely and efficiently.
Second I equilibrate the molar arcades with a different approach. I equilibrate the molar arcades (teeth) by maintaing the proper angles in your horses mouth and making adjustments where necessary to fit your horses mouth and needs. This acts as a guidance system so the horse has the proper motion of the jaw for cutting and grinding (chewing). I also will rinse the horses mouth out several times during this process to get the tooth particles out of the horses mouth. Just like when we go to the dentist. This also give the horse the ability to relax throughout the whole body of the horse.
After I am done with my floating I will remove the speculum and let the horse have a moment to check out when I have done and help re boot his system by doing a few stretches of the jaw, neck and some other body movements. This helps them experience the new freedom, movement and motion that has been created.
Natural Balance Dentistry focuses on restoring bio mechanical motion of the jaw, bringing comfort and balance to the TMJ which will effect your horse Emotionally as well as psychologically. This will help with increasing muscle mass and maximizing performance to optimum dietary absorption, from comfort to balance, it all starts with the mouth.
If you use a Natural Balance Dentist, you are guaranteed improvements with your horse even if you have tried other dentists and had not received the results you where looking for in the past. We Natural Balance Equine Dentist are the best at what we do.
End Results a willing partner