Can’t chill for the drill
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