Prevent dental problems for your horse: Equine dentist Roy Ketel

A yearly visit by the equine dentist contributes to the general well-being of your horse(s), with regular maintenance most equine dental health problems can be prevented.

For instance by making sure the horse functions better with its bit (which results in better concentration) or by optimising its chewing habit (which results in better digestion).

At times, however there will be signs that your horse has developed a dental problem that needs immediate attention of the equine dentist. The main purpose of equine dental treatment will be to take away any pain symptoms, which have often developed unbeknownst to the owner.

Equine dentist Roy Ketel is happy to be of service to you in both the treatment of problems that may arise, as well as the yearly equine dental care for your horse(s). Mainly operating in The Netherlands and Germany we also offer our services to other countries. So please feel free to contact us.

Roy Ketel treats a large variety of horses, within all disciplines. Always with the well-being of the horse as main focus.

Optimal equine dental care treatments by a qualified Equine Dental Technician

Quite a few people who are able to work with a rasp call themselves equine dentists. However incorrect or careless treatment can do more harm than good. So always opt for a fully qualified Equine Dental Technician for optimal dental treatment of your horse(s).

Roy Ketel has followed very extensive training at the Practice of Equine Dentistry of Peter Helthuis in Weerselo (head-instructor for BESW Academy Germany and Idaho instructor).

Part of the training was an exam to receive official certification. Reviewed by Dr. M. Wacholz and Dr. Peter Helthuis (as best of his group).

Next to being a certified equine dentist Roy Ketel follows visits yearly conferences on equine dentistry and training days. The practice is member of the Dutch organisation for equine dentistry.

Since 2016 the equine dentistry practices of Roy Ketel and Peter Helthuis have entered into a cooperation where Roy Ketel acts as paravetinary for Peter Helthuis' practice and visits his clients.


Work Method

Prior to any equine dental treatment the horse is given a general check-over, where we concentrate on the head. Are the mastication muscles properly developed, is the temporomandibular joint in good condition, does the horse not have any nasal flux, etc. concentrating more and more on the teeth.

We evaluate the incisors, canine teeth and the presence of wolf teeth.

After applying the speculum the molars are assessed and everything with regards to the treatment is clearly explained to you.

The treatment starts by electrically rasping away the enamel points, hooks and balancing the molar rows. To the first molar a bitseat is fitted (a rounding on the front of the molar) to make it more comfortable for the horse when it is fitted with a bit. De canine teeth are rounded and if present the wolf teeth are removed after consulting with you.

After treating the molars, we will treat the incisors and, if necessary, shorten them in order to realize good closure of the molar rows. Good closure is extremely important for grinding the feed and thus for the overall health of the horse.


Plan a visit by the equine dentist every year

A yearly equine dental check of your horse(s) is very important. This way most developing problems will be dealt before they can form a health risk. As the problems tend to be quite severe already by the time the owners notices them.

A dental check every 6 months by a qualified Equine Dental Technician is recommended for young horses between 2,5 and 4,5 years of age, as in this period 12 molars and 12 incisors are shed.

Do you have a specific question or do you want to receive more information on availability and cost then please contact us. We're happy to be of service!