Interview with Natural Balance Equine Dentist, Spencer LaFlure

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Geri Vincent says:

    I have a problem with this quote from Spencer LaFlure:

    Does every horse need routine dentistry?
    “I believe it’s a personal choice and it also depends on the horse and what type of work he is in. ”

    I would agree that routine dentistry is a personal choice in the same way that trimming hooves and feeding your equine are personal choices. Dental care is the responsibility of every equine owner. This quote does a disservice to any equine whose owner wants to justify not providing routine dental care.

    Having been present for hundreds of equine dental exams, floats and extractions over many years, I have witnessed only one horse who was not in need of dental care. Unless you consider cheeks lacerated by sharp teeth, loss of feed nutritional value due to poor grinding surfaces and many more issues to be acceptable for your equine, you will provide dental care.

    Many horses need sedation, some need radiographs, medication or other dental care that an equine dentist cannot legally provide.

    • Casie says:

      I would agree that many horses probably do need dental work. I had a vet who would tell me almost yearly that my horse’s teeth were fine, but when I took him to a different vet, he told me the horse had some major issues and needed to be worked on twice a year. An equine dentist I’ve used recently told me the same about this particular horse. But having had personal experience with Spencer, I was VERY impressed with how he handled my horse, Lee Lee, who is quite ‘difficult’ when it comes to dental work and vaccinations. I won’t allow her to be put in stocks for fear she’ll hurt herself. Spencer was very gentle and patient with her. With no sedation, he spent probably 1 1/2 hours working with her to get her to relax and then balance her teeth. Most horses don’t need that, but she did and he took the time to do it. He also closed the speculum every few minutes to allow her mouth to rest. The horse’s comfort is priority for Spencer, and I love that. Unfortunately, I know of no natural balance dentists in my state and I had to travel 2 hours to get this appointment with Spencer when he was in my state. Otherwise, I’d prefer to use these dentists all the time.

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