Tooth Fairy- Equine Edition
In the state of Kentucky, you will find a young gentleman loving life. Ryan Nemann, equine dental technician, grew up in Cincinnati, OH, but currently resides in Verona, KY.
Horses have always been a part of Ryan’s life, seeing to how he basically grew up on the racetrack. His whole family was in the business of training and racing Thoroughbreds, so at a young age Ryan grasped the importance of proper dental care, and why you need to take care of them. Thus, he decided to attend the Midwest Equine Dental Academy, and pursue dentistry as a career.
I think the one thing I want to stress is the importance of dental care with your horses.
There is so much to their teeth, too. Young horses losing their caps, pulling wolf teeth, and of course taking care of the sharp and jagged hooks. Ryan loves to be able to help a horse and see the positive impact of getting their teeth taken care of. Just the mere satisfaction of getting to meet new people, and different horses to figure out the issues is something Ryan loves about his career.
Even though this job is physically demanding, it’s not the toughest part of the job. For Ryan, his struggle is keeping all his records in an organized fashion. There is so much paperwork to keep straight- charts that get filled out with every horse for every client, store them, and then be able to find them again when the time comes to go back and visit. This way he knows exactly what was done last time, and what issues there were. Talk about organization.
There are no certain moments that stand out for Ryan in particular, but he throughly enjoys seeing horses that he’s worked on going and doing big things. For example, some of his racehorses have gone on to win big races, and some performances horses have been sweeping the barrels. It’s just a win-win for both horse and Ryan, and it makes the hard work worth it.
After it’s all said and done, Ryan just wants everyone to be educated on proper dental care for your horses. Look at it this way, if a horse isn’t eating well, it won’t be performing well. If there’s issues in the horses mouth that effects the way they handle the bit, then it still won’t be performing well. As a rule of thumb, be sure to get your horses teeth checked at least once a year.
Be sure to check out his Facebook here, and get your horses on the schedule.