Mark Thorne Equine Dentist BAEDT BEVA CSA

Mark Thorne Equine Dentist BAEDT BEVA CSA - Dentists

CONTACT DETAILS

Name: Mark Thorne

Address: Richmond, Yorkshire, DL107PJ

Telephone: 07850 011518

Email: mark@northernequinedentist.com

Web: www.northernequinedentist.co.uk/

QUALIFICATION AND MEMBERSHIPS

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AREAS COVERED

Mark travels throughout the country with his main focus being on the geographical areas of North Yorkshire towns such as Northallerton, Thirsk, Wetherby, Ripon & Harrogate, West Yorkshire, North East, Cumbria, Lancashire, Tyneside & Scottish Borders.

SERVICES OFFERED

Performance equine dentistry and equilibration is of the utmost importance for any horse which is ridden or driven. Properly done with skill and judgement, it allows the horse to respond rather than react to the hands of the rider or driver, it will minimise fussiness in the mouth, and through improved communication will allow the horse to perform at his best. Through better mastication it will improve nutrition.
There must be a thorough intra-oral examination using a mouth speculum (or gag). Each tooth must be checked with the aid of a bright headlight and an equine intra-oral mirror. All findings and disease should be noted and recorded and treated where possible. Wolf teeth if present will need to be removed.
The cheek teeth will need to have all the sharp points removed, and the edges properly floated, tall teeth which will impede the normal movement of the jaw will need to be correctly reduced, hooks, ramps and waves will need correcting, and irregular prominent transverse ridges will need properly reducing. The first cheek teeth will need to be properly rounded and balanced to prevent the soft inner cheeks being impinged on the teeth by the bit. The canine teeth may need reducing if excessively tall, and rounding off, and tartar removed. The incisors will need to be evaluated and corrected if necessary.
All this takes time, and an attention to detail, the desire to make a difference, the skill and judgement to carry it out, and the proper equipment to achieve that goal. While most of these procedures can be performed with basic hand tools, the same quality of work is difficult to achieve, if attainable in reality.

I have invested over twenty years of my life into equine dentistry, and use the leading equipment available in order to give your horse the most comfortable mouth. The difference between being a winner and a loser in competition is often extremely close, a fraction of a second or a single percentage point. It is often said “no foot, no horse” – the same I believe can be applied to the mouth! 

Biog & More Information


Based in North Yorkshire, Mark Thorne is recognised as one the most experienced and professional equine dental technicians in the UK, with over 20 years experience in equine dentistry. Mark passed the first BEVA / BVDA exam at Edinburgh Veterinary University in 2001. He recognises and cherishes the work of Professor Paddy Dixon who brought together Equine Dental Technicians from around the UK to improve and standardise the profession.
Mark then passed the examiners appraisal in 2003 and is a senior examiner for the British Equine Veterinary Association and The British Veterinary Dental Association's Equine Dental Technician Exams. Mark was involved with the creation of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians having been on the founding steering committee that formed the association and a council member since it's inception.
Mark has worked tirelessly to bring change and professionalism into Equine Dentistry resulting in him being appointed Chairman of the BAEDT in 2008, a position which held for four years. In his role a Chairman of the BAEDT Mark worked with the BEVA dental working party towards regulation of the industry and the long awaited 'exemption order'.
Mark's experience with horses has been gained over a lifetime working in various equine disciplines and includes running a livery yard and riding holiday centre in Cumbria for 15 years, hunting, eventing and training. He also owns and rides his own horse, Jimmy. 

 

Client Feedbacks & Comments

Name: Rebecca

County: North Yorkshire

Date : 2017-08-30

SCORE - [10]

Mark has been treating my horse since 2009 and has given the best service ever. He is knowledgeable and professional.

Name: Honor

County: Cumbria

Date : 2017-08-30

SCORE - [10]

Been using Mark's services for 5 years. Our old pony has a perfect mouth because of yearly check ups. Our new horse had problem wolf teeth that Mark advised removal of. One was fragmented and had resealed itself. Could have caused terrible trouble. Wouldn't use anyone else.

Name: Joan

County: Tyne and wear

Date : 2017-08-19

SCORE - [10]

Excellent dentistry friendly and explains everything trust him totally with my mare

Name: Liz

County: United Kingdom

Date : 2017-08-07

SCORE - [10]

Having a horse with a pathological mouth has been a huge learning curve for me; There are horse dentists, then there are experts who stand head and shoulders above the rest. I'm a good way from Marks usual area of service, so I did have to go on a waiting list. I can only say that he is by far the best Equine Dentist I have had on the yard. He took the time to examine my horse in intricate detail, treated her with patience and care, and gave me sound advice for her continued dental regime. If you need a first class professional or a sound second opinion, then I would definitely talk to Mark

Name: Steph

County: Uk

Date : 2017-07-28

SCORE - [10]

I started using Mark as a dentist after a bad experience with another dentist and now I wouldn't use anyone else! Mark is professional, reliable and has a lovely way with the horses and I know what a nightmare my horse can be! Thanks again!

Name: Anne

County: North Lancashire

Date : 2017-07-26

SCORE - [10]

Mark was patient, thorough, professional and informative and therefore highly recommended. Thank you!

Name: Heather

County: Cumbria

Date : 2017-07-26

SCORE - [10]

Very thorough. Recommended.

Name: John

County: Cumbria

Date : 2017-06-30

SCORE - [10]

Mark is a very experienced equine dentist, I understand with 28+ yrs practice under his belt. Mark provided a first class professional service and was very caring about my horses throughout the treatment. He explained what he needed to do and was very clear about the whole process. I would highly recommend.

Name: Victoria

County: North Yorkshire

Date : 2017-06-20

SCORE - [10]

Mark is always friendly, polite, professional and very knowledgeable. He is very patient and has an excellent manner with the horses. I would highly recommend him.

Name: Diana

County: Northumberland

Date : 2017-06-10

SCORE - [10]

Mark is 100% reliable , very knowledgeable and good at communicating any problems. He is good with the horses and always takes time. I would highly recommend.

Name: Julie

County: U.K.

Date : 2017-04-22

SCORE - [10]

Such a proffesional, fantastic, would not have any other equine dentist. His knowledge is second to none.

Name: Alison

County: North Yorks

Date : 2016-10-20

SCORE - [10]

Great service . Total proffesional very happy to recommend to anyone.

Name: Gerry

County: North Yorkshire

Date : 2016-09-09

SCORE - [10]

Mark was recommended to us and has impressed us first with his calm and professional approach. He worked with a horse who became difficult and dealt with him tactfully. Our other horse quickly trusted him despite quite a lengthy procedure necessitated by previous poor treatment from another Equine Dentist.

Name: Alison

County: N yorks

Date : 2016-09-09

SCORE - [10]

Thoroughly professional and good with the horses

Name: Suzanne

County: Lancashire

Date : 2016-09-07

SCORE - [10]

Mark has been looking after my two horse for 3 years now. He is extremely professional and has the horses needs at the forefront. He doesn't just consider the horses mouth, but works holistically considering the horses age and long term needs. I would never use anyone else.

Name: Joe

County: North Yorkshire

Date : 2016-09-01

SCORE - [10]

Mark was recommended to me by a friend & neighbour some years ago when we were having teeth problems with a welsh B mare that we had bred, who was used for Showing and Dressage. He quickly rectified serious problems left behind by others, and the pony soon became much more settled in her mouth and consistent to the contact. He has since then visited us annually or 6 monthly, if needed for youngsters. Always brilliant with the ponies. Even winning querky ones over who started out needing sedation to them standing throughout the whole procedure without any form of sedation at all. Always would recommended him to others without hesitation.

Name: Gill

County: Lancashire

Date : 2016-08-31

SCORE - [10]

Mark is an exceptional professional full of passion for his craft. My ex racer and I were very lucky to meet him over 8 years ago and would never part with him. It's a rare pleasure to meet someone with such ability and talent in their profession and I appreciate that very much.

Name: Liz

County: Cheshire

Date : 2016-06-06

SCORE - [10]

Mark was recommended to me as the best in the Country and although I am out of his area, he was kind enough to to come and examine my mare with a pathological mouth. The standard of work and practical help and useful advice was no less than excellent and I would urge anyone who has a horse with a problematic mouth to seek him as first opinion

Name: Jessica

County: Cleveland

Date : 2016-03-31

SCORE - [10]

Wouldn\'t use any other dentist. Only the best for my horse and Mark is the best. Came out last thing at night to ensure my horse was seen immediately when he was having trouble with his teeth. Very professional and explains everything. Highly recommend him if you want the best care for your horse.

Name: Julie

County: Tyne and Wear

Date : 2015-06-04

SCORE - [10]

I can not recommend Mark Thorne highly enough! A brilliant job done today on a nervous pony. Thanks Mark for putting our minds at rest 😊

Name: sue

County: Northumberland

Date : 2014-12-26

SCORE - [10]

I'd thoroughly endorse Mark, he's puctual and professional and manages to cope kindly with my somewhat fractious horse.

Name: Carole

County: North Yorkshire

Date : 2014-11-21

SCORE - [10]

Ive used Mark for about 16 years now and he has always been very professional, prompt and given excellent service along with being a thoroughly nice guy

Name: Steph

County: Cleveland

Date : 2014-09-25

SCORE - [10]

First class equine dentist. Mark really knows his stuff and most importantly cares about the welfare of his patients. I've had some bad experiences with horse dentists in the past who just seem to think a quick rasp is enough. I won't use anyone else now., excellent service.

Name: Sarah

County: North Yorkshire

Date : 2014-09-19

SCORE - [10]

Mark was recommended to me by someone working at my feed merchant a few years ago. He is amazing with my ponies, even the tiny one which didnt like dentists. I wanted a qualified horse dentist who used up to date equipment but also who had empathy for the horses (& owner). That's what I found.

Name: SYLVIA

County: BERWICKSHIRE

Date : 2014-09-12

SCORE - [10]

Mark has looked after my horses teeth for many years, he is an expert in his field and a true professional. I would say he is second to none, his knowledge and the care he gives is far superior to anyone I used before meeting him. I highly recommend his services.

Name: Chloe

County: Tyne & wear

Date : 2014-09-10

SCORE - [10]

I couldn't recommend Mark highly enough. He has done our horses for a few years. At his last visit he did my newest horse, a nine year old ex-racehorse. Mark told me his teeth were in a terrible state. He had endless patience, even though his patient was very unco-operative, he worked for what seem an age and said he thought we would soon see a big difference in this horse. It is a month now since Mark's visit and Henry is quite literally a different horse. He eats virtually twice as much of his hay, he works better under saddle and has had a complete personality change! He has gone from being unco-operative and generally a grump, not very nice to be around horse to being a joy to deal with. He is a happy generous character now the discomfort in his mouth has been relieved. I have Mark to thank for transforming him!

Name: Claire

County: Berwickshire

Date : 2014-09-05

SCORE - [10]

Excelent professional service every time

Name: Nadia

County: County Durham

Date : 2014-08-31

SCORE - [10]

Mark carried out the first dental check on my daughters young pony. The service he provided was excellent, prompt, knowledgeable, efficient, all at a reasonable price. I was concerned how our pony would react to seeing the dentist, but Mark was patient and reassuring, the whole experience could not have gone any smoother. Mark provided advice and guidance throughout the examination, much to my daughters delight, she found out much more about horses teeth during this time than she would ever have done by reading a book. We were given very good advice about a hidden wolf tooth too. Thank you very much.

Name: Judith

County: Scottish Borders

Date : 2014-08-30

SCORE - [10]

I have used Mark's services for several years and found him to be an exemplary equine dentist. Always professional, explaining everything in detail and dealing with my lovely horse in an understanding way. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

Name: Angie

County: North Yorkshire

Date : 2014-08-09

SCORE - [10]

Very professional service. My horse was a good girl and relaxed at all times in his presence. Mark showed me all the work he had done and explained things. I would definitely recommend Mark to others.

Name: Nicky

County: North Yorkshire

Date : 2014-08-07

SCORE - [10]

Mark has been an immense source of support and advice for us around our horses' dental problems. He is immensely skilled at his profession & has proven to have very sound clinical judgment & I would trust his word absolutely. Our horses can be very difficult to handle & Mark has managed them very well. They both have had previously untreated significant dental problems that Mark has remedied in his first few visits & we are delighted that secondary problems seem to have been averted by his management. I would recommend him without hesitation

Name: Jessica

County: Redcar

Date : 2014-08-05

SCORE - [10]

Mark fit me in at short notice when he heard my horse was spitting out his hay. He spent lots of time working on my horses teeth, explaining everything as he did it so I knew what was going on. I would definitely recommend him.

Name: Debbie

County: NW Lancs

Date : 2014-08-01

SCORE - [10]

My 20 year old pony has had a lot of previous dental work done before I owned him but I have no record of exactly what this entailed, therefore I want to ensure his mouth is properly looked after now he is getting older. I am confident he is in good hands with Mark and I thoroughly recommend him.