Please join Richard and Terri on May 29th for the announcement of the recipient of Morgan’s memorial scholarship for 2022. The memorial is included in Ladybug Farm Sanctuary’s Wine and Cheese fundraiser event, an organization that Morgan supported personally. Along with her husband and any family who can attend, we are thrilled to support a student of animal studies on Morgan’s behalf.
If you are interested in attending and learning about Ladybug Farm Sanctuary, the event will be held on their property at 12536 Tyler Run Ave, Odessa FL. For any of you aspiring chefs, the Sanctuary is holding a charcuterie board contest during the event with a $250 prize! Hope to see many AED clients there!
When Morgan died last year, lots of her friends and colleagues wanted a way to memorialize her. The staff at Ladybug Farm helped to do just that; in cooperation with her husband and family a scholarship fund was created for students of animal sciences. Many donations have been received and the deadline to apply for the funding is today, May 10th. If you are a student and interested, please utilize the the sanctuary’s link and complete the application. We are certain that Morgan would be thrilled to know we are developing more individuals to care for animals in her honor! The following link is to the scholarship page in honor of Morgan. https://ladybugfarmsanctuary.com/dr-morgan-fund-1
Most of our clients know that Richard is multi-talented, but they may not know that he builds ALL of our dental trailers himself. When first in private practice, Richard did function the “old way” in barns, in stalls, and with free standing head stands. What he determined though, through his experience, was that a dental practitioner’s ability to complete an excellent oral exam, perform a full three point balance of your horse’s mouth, and maintain the utmost safety standards was hindered by the environment that seemed the norm for historical practices. His creation of a trailer designed and built specifically for equine dentistry was a new concept in his field and Rich has gone on to build numerous trailers in succession…..each benefiting from thousands of your horses’ dental visits to help him determine what improvements were desirable.
So…the new dental trailer went on the road this Monday and we are getting used to the new environment! So far, the lucky first clients have watched us try to remember what drawers we put supplies in and find our way around. The comments have all been great and we are hoping the changes in this trailer are ones you will find a benefit to the care of your horses! What is different you ask?
The trailer is about 5 feet shorter in total length with a shorter ramp
The trailer is aluminum so lighter (with our gas costs more than doubled, we hope this helps us keep trip charges reasonable for you)
The trailer has a fan directly in the horse environment for their comfort
The new head lift allows for more length and height of its extension (easier on our dentist and on your horse!)
The trailer is equipped with a digital scale (accurate weights are certainly best veterinary practice!)
The trailer has a retractable awning over the exit ramp to help us keep the interior cool and dry in our Florida weather!
The trailer has less protrusions into our work area and less joined segments to improve our ability to keep it clean.
The trailer interior was planned around work flow….we can be more efficient
We are still that eye catching yellow and blue…..just reversed for a change of scenery!
Can’t wait for your horses to try it out! Great (not dental) work Richard Grist CEqD!
Morgan loved animals, all animals. It showed in her personal life and it showed in her chosen profession. Many of Morgan’s friends, and many of our clients, have asked how we can memorialize and remember her. It seems that her passion for animals and that tribute should be connected…..and Lady Bug Farm Sanctuary has made that a reality. Morgan worked with AED at Lady Bug Farm and she was a treasured part of their team. What a wonderful way to remember her….helping animals, helping animal owners, and helping more people become educated to care for animals!
Three years ago, Advanced Equine Dentistry hired a new veterinarian. She moved to Florida to take this job and told us it was exactly what she wanted. It turned out, she was exactly what we wanted too. Morgan adored our clients, she had a great working relationship with Rich, and she became part of our own family. Sadly, Morgan was diagnosed with cancer after her first year here and subsequently went into treatment. She underwent her grueling surgeries and regimen with grace telling us over and over that she wanted to keep her job and continue to be part of AED. Many of you have asked about her, so it is with great sadness that Rich and Terri wanted to let our clients know that Morgan died this week. At the end, she was fortunately surrounded by her family, her husband, her friends….and even her goats. We have no doubt that heaven has hired a new veterinarian…..and we will so be missing ours.
Have you ever thought about acupuncture treatments? Many of our clients are proponents of using this ancient therapy to treat their horses, but they are missing out on the advantages it offers to equestrians. Here at AED, we have all had acupuncture therapies with much success….and we’d like to recommend our clinician!
Do you love riding horses? Do you ever suffer anxiety during a ride or competition? Have you experienced injuries/pain resulting from your riding or training? My name is Dr. Lexy Ballinger and many of the clients in my practice are equestrians. I am honored to be an integral part of their path to improvements in the saddle.
Did you know that acupuncture is an extremely effective treatment for both anxiety and pain? The best part of acupuncture is it can help with many medical conditions without the need to take medications or experience their possible side effects. By accessing acupuncture points, your body is aided in rebalancing and healing itself. In addition to the long, documented history of acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine, studies by the National Institute of Health (NIH) have clearly demonstrated acupuncture as an excellent and effective tool for treating conditions such as anxiety, all types of pain, insomnia, headaches, migraines, and stress. If you have ever wondered if there was a different way to manage your equine related injuries or a way to facilitate calm during your rides, please call or write to me at (813) 917-1173/ flphoenixrisingacu.com so I may answer your questions! Until then….Happy Riding!
Richard Grist CEqD gets many questions from clients about the tools he chooses to work with and the benefits of those tools to equine dental care. As with anything “horse” related, there are endless opinions and theories passed around and adopted into the health care routines of owners. Follow along as we explain how Advanced Equine Dentistry performs dental care, why we use specific tools and procedures, and the facts behind our expert performance!
One of the first tools you will see used on your horse during a dental visit with AED is a speculum. While the speculum certainly protects the dental practitioner from being injured, its actual use is to protect your horse. Not only can horses be injured from biting down on dental tools, they can also be gravely injured from dental tools being utilized blindly. Imagine your own dentist inserting a long, sharp rasp into your own mouth without being able to see the termination of your teeth or what parts they were actually touching! The speculum, when used properly, holds the equine jaw open so that the dentist can reach every tooth surface and can see every tooth surface. Anatomically, it also creates enough separation of the grinding surfaces of the molars to allow for the removal of any ramps…..if you look at the equine skull, you can see that without opening the horse’s mouth, these final teeth stay in contact and would prevent a thorough dental procedure! It is not uncommon for AED to be called to treat horses who are having riding/bitting/head tossing issues but who have also recently been “floated”. In many of these horses, we find remaining ramps that would have been impossible to access if a speculum was not used in their previous care.
Whether you use Advanced Equine Dentistry or any other dental practitioner, your horse needs you to know that they WANT a speculum used to protect them and to allow for the very best dental procedure! It isn’t torture….it is safety!