Tom Howell has carved out a unique niche for himself as the only practicing equine orthodontist in the United States. Howell’s interest in the field was sparked over 10 years ago when one of his own horses died. Howell believes the horse’s death was caused by an equine dentist who did not know what he was doing.
Howell practices no-sedation orthodontics on both domestic and racing horses. He believes that proper alignment of a horse’s mouth is the key to its overall health, helping with both performances and balance.
Howell aligns a horse’s mouth by filling specific teeth. He frequently finds himself fixing the mistakes of dentists who use power tools or air tools.
“If the person working on your horse can’t tell you what is wrong by looking at them, you shouldn’t let them in the horse’s mouth, “Howell said. “I have built my reputation on being able to fix those horses. You have to understand that everything works in harmony with a horse.”
Currently, Howell is working on two books: one for the horse owners to teach them what to look for, and another for people who want to go inot the field. In addition, Howell has a school in Crawfordsville to teach others his specialty.