The Feet/ Teeth Connection: Q&A with Dr. Tomas Teskey


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21 Responses

  1. Diana says:

    I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Teskey as my vet many years ago. He’s not just a great vet, but a truly wonderful person. When he moved away from our area to help out on the family ranch in the northern part of the state, it was a sad day for so many of us. But, with that came many wonderful opportunities for him, and for that, I am glad. It’s increased his exposure to the world of horses and allowed him to do what he loves most; teaching and learning even more than before. Any horse under his care is very lucky indeed. For those of us who have followed him on this journey, online, it’s the next best thing than still having him as our veterinarian.

  2. hey , what a discovery. A few month ago I had a similar idea, that the alignement of the teeth of horse could be related to the hooves. Every horse has a laterality like humans. it makes us Assymmetric. the hooves and the teeth..
    I am a vet and my speciality is teeth, hoof rehab and barefoot trimming.

  3. Tess says:

    What schools are teaching progressive dentistry?
    And when interviewing dental prospects, do you have specific questions?
    I had a severly traumatised mare due to very agressive dental work and rough tactics. I’ve not taken my other two horses for dental work because of this.
    Thank you for an excellent article!

    • Tomas Teskey says:

      I think there will be many schools that teach this in the future…it is information that is thankfully spreading quickly.

      I would share this article with your dentist and/or veterinarians and ask them what they think. If they dismiss it or think it is junk, I would ask why. If they ARE interested, keep them on your team…you want open minded people on your team.

  4. Jill Ellis says:

    Thank you for such an interesting article

  5. charley snell says:

    What does he mean by the horse’s “better looking ” foot?

    • Tomas Teskey says:

      The better foot is generally the”prettier” one with good form throughout. Low heel, short toe, concavity, healthy frog and bars.

  6. marie says:

    do you know of any equine dental practioners in the Dallas, TX area that are holistic and gentle for my senior horses?

    • Tomas Teskey says:

      I think the best bet is to ask around and see who is speaking about this stuff and willing to learn. Or, maybe we can schedule a clinic some time in Texas! ☺

  7. Clissa says:

    I’m also glad to hear that this connection between front feet & teeth is being taken seriously.
    But I am trying to remember where I read it previously many years ago when I first learned barefoot trimming.
    It must have been in some early form of online barefoot website or maybe Pete Ramey, etc.
    I recall several members of my horse & hoof forum discussing this very thing & how interesting it was but how sad it was that practitioners did not also have the same respect for this information.
    Anyway it’s all good that it is now out in the wider world.
    Every hoof & tooth practitioner should know about it.
    It’s ‘need to know’ information.

  8. Clissa says:

    Also I would like to add that I am jealous of those who have Dr Teskey as their practitioner.
    I wish I had such a practitioner near me in Queensland, Australia. 🙂

  9. Ruth Hall says:

    Do you know if there are any vets in east or central Texas that have the knowledge to do the dental work described in this article? My usual vet uses a dremel tool and keeps their head up high the whole time. I’ve never liked it, but just figured it was the way it was done. Thanks for the wonderful information. I’m really not sure how to find a “good” dentist. Can you please help me?

    • Tomas Teskey says:

      Horse owners will find the best professional help through networking with each other, asking around, inviting others to clinics, and learning this information themselves. Veterinary and dental schools do not teach these basic principles. Sometimes doing a weekend clinic with me or anyone else interested in this information will put you on the fast track of getting help in your area.

  10. Lisa says:

    I am interested to hear what you think about the height of Haynes. I live in South Florida and virtually all my horses forage comes from Hay. I feed all in slow feed Haynets (nagbags). Of course out side they are never right On the ground due to sand and inside they hang on d rings. I have all but one barefoot.

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