Evaluation of the effects of performance dentistry on equine rideability: a randomized, blinded, controlled trial.

Moine, Sébastien; Axiak, Shannon; de Jesus Maia-Nussbaumer, Päivi; Klopfenstein Bregger, Micaël David; Gerber, Vinzenz (2017). Evaluation of the effects of performance dentistry on equine rideability: a randomized, blinded, controlled trial. Veterinary quarterly, 37(1), pp. 195-199. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/01652176.2017.1329598

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OBJECTIVE This study attempted to determine: (1) if degree of dental malocclusion assigned prior to dental treatment was associated with equine rideability, assessed using a standardized score and (2) if performance dentistry improved this score. ANIMALS Thirty-eight Franches-Montagnes stallions. METHODS All horses were examined and assigned a dental malocclusion score by a veterinary dentist and randomized into two groups: sham treatment (Group S) and performance dentistry including occlusal equilibration (Group D). The horses were ridden twice before and three times after treatment by a professional dressage rider (unaware of treatment allocation). The horses were assigned a rideability score using a 27-point scale. The malocclusion score was compared to the average of the first two rideability scores using Spearman's coefficient of rank. Change in rideability scores over time was assessed by repeated measures ANOVA. Statistical significance was set at P < 0.05. RESULTS There was no correlation between dental score and rideability score prior to treatment (rs = 0.06, P = 0.73). In addition, there were no differences in the rideability score between treatment groups or as an interaction of treatment group and time (P = 0.93, P = 0.83, respectively). CONCLUSIONS In conclusion, we were unable to show that performance dentistry improved equine rideability assessed by rider scoring. The addition of more objective measurement tools and a longer assessment period may help to scientifically prove what is anecdotally believed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Equine Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > DKV - Anaesthesiology

UniBE Contributor:

Moine, Sébastien; Axiak, Shannon; Klopfenstein Bregger, Micaël David and Gerber, Vinzenz

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0165-2176

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Gassmann-Suter

Date Deposited:

01 May 2018 10:04

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 20:35

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/01652176.2017.1329598

PubMed ID:

28488462

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Equine dentistry horse malocclusion rideability

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.108398

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/108398

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