Can’t chill for the drill

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Q My geld­ing will al­low the den­tist to carry out work, even with power tools, but he al­ways looks ter­ri­fied. Is it kinder to se­date him? Elaine Archer, Cam­bridge

James says... Most horses will ex­pe­ri­ence some anx­i­ety when it comes to hav­ing their teeth treated, but all rou­tine treat­ment, done prop­erly, should be a pain­less ex­er­cise for the horse. Ob­vi­ously, it’s up to the equine den­tal tech­ni­cian treat­ing the horse to make sure that he’s com­fort­able. I al­ways like to give the horse a break dur­ing treat­ment and to shut the gag to give his jaw some re­lief. If your horse’s be­hav­iour isn’t a dan­ger to him­self or the per­son han­dling him, it’s up to your equine den­tal tech­ni­cian to help him re­lax and gain his trust over time.

WWW.YOURHORSE.CO.UK Some horses will re­quire se­dat­ing in or­der to tol­er­ate wear­ing a gag JAN­UARY 2019

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