An interview with veterinarian Richard B. Tanner
Dr Brad Tanner, a veterinarian at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., sits among some of the implements he uses in equine dentistry.
The anatomical portion of an equine dental chart.
This equine mouth speculum may look like a medieval torture device, but it's the only way to get a good look at a horse's teeth. Needless to say, the horse is given a mild sedative before the speculum is inserted.
These tools will be recognizable to a dentist, except that these equine versions range around 18 to 20 inches in length.
More equine dentisty tools.
This horse was being transported to a recovery stall with padded walls after surgery on his leg. Ropes are tied to the horses's tail and halter so that he does not try to stand as the anesthesia is wearing off.
Dr Tanner holds an equine dental bur, which is the size of a power tool.
Dr Tanner demonstrates 'floating' a horse's teeth, which entails filing down the pointed edges that are not worn down via eating.
This 16-year-old Thoroughbred brood mare does what is called cribbing.' This is a behavior where the horse incessantly chews on wood. The horse has worn the maxillary incisors down to where they are nubs and there is considerable
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