The Horse Trust’s Home of Rest for Horses got a helping hand from a group of veterinary students last Thursday, when six final year students from the Bristol School of Veterinary Science carried out dentistry work on eight of the sanctuary residents.

The Horse Trust’s Home of Rest for Horses in Speen, Buckinghamshire, got a helping hand from a group of veterinary students last Thursday.

Two of the Bristol vet students preparing Willow, a Shetland pony living at The Horse Trust, for dental workThe six final year students from the Bristol School of Veterinary Science carried out dentistry work on eight of the sanctuary residents, including treatment of sharp overgrowths, mucosal ulcers, periodontal disease and removal of wolf teeth. Two of the horses were examined and treated in their field which necessitated a more mobile approach.

The work was carried out under the supervision of Henry Tremaine, a senior lecturer in equine surgery at the University of Bristol, assisted by Horse Trust clinical scholars Francesca Compostella and Miriam Casey. All the horses have since made a full recovery from the dental work.

Mr Tremaine said: “The visit to The Horse Trust was a great opportunity for the students to apply the skills they’ve learnt in the course and build their confidence. Dental problems are more common in geriatric horses, so visiting the trust enabled the students to get involved in diagnosing and treating a variety of dental issues.”

The Horse Trust provides lifetime sanctuary to around 100 geriatric horses, ponies and donkeys from many different backgrounds, including rescue cases and retired working horses from the police and army. 

Paul JepsonAlso assisting on the day was Paul Jepson, chief executive and veterinary director of the trust, who said he was pleased to host the students and was impressed with their equine vet skills.

He said: “We are delighted to have been able to offer the students this experience. It’s a win-win situation for all involved – the horses get a dental check-up, the students get some valuable experience, and it helps us with our work-load. We were impressed with students’ skills and the attention they gave each of the horses during the treatment. It was a five-star dental treatment for the horses.”

The Horse Trust’s Home of Rest for Horses is open every day of the week between 2pm and 4pm. Entrance to the sanctuary is free, but donations are welcomed to enable the charity to meet its running costs. It costs £17 to pay for all the costs of looking after a horse for a day, including feed, veterinary bills and farrier costs.

For more information on The Horse Trust, visit the website or join The Horse Trust’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HorseTrust

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