Laurelyn Keener, DVM
Julie Layeux-Parks, DVM
Alli Linn, DVM

Licensed in MN, WI & ND


We offer you and your horse a safe, convenient and controlled environment where we are able to perform thorough oral examination, determine your horses individual needs and follow through with a treatment plan.

The big question: How does an appointment with North Wind Equine work?

Because we work out of a mobile facility, there are unique aspects to an appointment with us. We currently travel with a 17 foot horse trailer. It has been retrofitted to accommodate one horse along with our instruments and equipment with enough room left for owners to have a seat and be involved with the appointment.

When we arrive at your facility we will need access to water (preferably warm if the outdoor temp is below 37) and an electrical outlet. Other than that, it is simply a matter of getting the truck and trailer on a fairly level ground. Because nearly everything we do is inside the trailer, our set up time is minimal.

The basis of good dental care is a thorough examination. To accomplish this, all patients need to be sedated. Depending on the horse, this may be done prior to loading in the trailer. Every horse is additionally given an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) to decrease inflammation and soreness associated with having their mouth open for an extended period of time. If your horse has gastric ulcers, or is currently on an NSAID (for example bute), please let us know before the appointment so that we can adjust their medications accordingly. Once the horse is sedated, the mouth is rinsed to remove all food before placing an oral speculum to hold the mouth open. With a good light, all 36-44 teeth (depending on male or female, and whether or not wolf teeth are present), can be examined individually and as a whole. In addition, all of the surrounding tissues can be visualized. Once problems have been identified, a treatment plan can be made and begun. It is important to remember that the teeth are living, changing structures and can be damaged by overly aggressive work. The goal of equine dentistry is to remove as little tooth as necessary to give the horse a comfortable and functional mouth.

Horses are kept in the trailer until they are awake enough to walk again. The average time per horse in the trailer is about 50 minutes, depending on the amount of work done and how long the horse takes to wake up.

Because the sedative is still active and inhibits the horses ability to swallow and react, horses need to stay in a safe environment with no hay or grain for about 1 hour after leaving the trailer. This can be a stall or a paddock where no other horses can pick on them. After the hour is up – they can go back to their regular feed and environment.