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Pricing

Every week I get a few messages asking for a price for full mouth dentistry. My reply is always the same.. Between 100 -200 for a first timer generally and sedation between 75 to 120...the higher sedation amount is often Tbs or really bad mouths and when the horse is in a painful state. Often there is no reply to that message and I assume it is beyond what they wanted to spend. This week however, I did get a reply and this was it. " The price you've given is ridiculous for dentistry, it's extortionate, how do you sleep at night ripping people off!"

Well for a start, I sleep very well thank you. I work very hard, I'm dedicated and love spending my days helping horses. When my head hits the pillow at night, I'm asleep in under 60 seconds :D

I've invested tens of thousands in my education and equipment set up so I thought I would compare my price for a full mouth dental, to a few other horse related costs, and see how it stacks up. These figures are fairly general and my time frames are generous.

Farrier (Shod) assuming the horse is shod at 8 week intervals year round. $140 x 6 shoeing = $840 per year

Farrier (Barefoot) assuming you are at 8 week trims $240

Hard Feed based on an average price of $40 per sack assuming you get one sack every 3 weeks $680 per year

New Rug $100-300

Horse Tack/Equipment $10- Hundreds...even thousands.

Grazing $15pw $780 per year

Vet visit $200 to Thousands

Riding lesson $50 -150 for 45 to 60 minutes Say 4 per year $200-$600

Wormer 3 x per year at $30 = $90

Massage or Chiro $70 to $150 per session assuming 2 x per year $140-300

Full Mouth Dental (inc sedation) $200 -300 per year and if done regularly can be stretched to 18 monthly.

I could go on...

The mouth is such an important part of the animal, essential for survival, and a critical part of the digestive system. When not balanced it can have a huge impact on the health and quality of life and a detrimental effect to the physical performance of the horse.

I won't go into all the scare mongering about sedation and power tools other than to say it's all fear based rhetoric around a basic lack of understanding about dentistry in general.

Having looked at these costs, explain to me how a quality full mouth dental is expensive?

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Louisa Andrew
Phone: 0274 300 875
Email: louisa@manestreamequine.co.nz

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