Performance Bite Equilibration & Alignment

Kevin Rundle, edpa/c

About Kevin

Kevin began his equine career as a farrier in 1979 and was a member of the American Farrier’s Association for 12 years.  Fifteen years of playing polo at the Toronto Polo Club and training all of his own ponies, made him realize that even after having their teeth floated, he continued to experience riding/dental issues with them.  Wanting to find a solution to this problem, he chose to attend the World Wide School of Equine Dentistry located in Nebraska in 1988.  He continued shoeing while he traveled to the United States taking additional courses in dentistry and apprenticing with Master Dentists.

In 1993, Kevin received his certification as a Master Equine Dentist with the World Wide Association of Equine Dentistry and also with the International Association of Equine Dental Technicians.  In 1994, he became a charter member with the Florida Association of Equine Dentistry and served on the Board of Directors as well as the Examiner Committee for this group.
In 1995, these three associations amalgamated into one, the International Association of Equine Dentistry.  This association established a three-level certification process, i.e., Basic/Advanced/Examiner while Kevin was serving on their Executive Board.  Kevin holds the highest level of certification possible, that of Certified Advanced Examiner.

Kevin is presently a member and Certified Equine Dental Technician with the Equine Dental Providers of America based out of Texas.  He will be a guest speaker at their annual Continuing Education Conference in October of this year.
Kevin has been a featured speaker at the Annual Conventions of the three aforementioned associations as well as lectured and performed demonstrations for many local groups, such as, Can-Am All Breed Equine Expo, the Ontario Equestrian Federation, Ontario Trail Riders Association, the Algoma Equine Exhibition, the Northern Ontario Veterinary Association and various others.  He has given demonstrations in many cities in the United States and as far away as Australia. Kevin is not a veterinarian but works in conjunction with licensed DVM’s only.  His practice includes all disciplines and breeds from Grand Prix Jumpers, racehorses, reiners, dressage horses to minis. 

Kevin is still actively involved with horses in his personal life.  After a short stint team roping, he and his wife have become involved breeding and racing American Quarter Horses.

Floating, Power Floating, Dentistry & Equilibration

Floating vs Power Dentistry

What's the difference?


Floating


Performed by hand. Removes some of the sharp points from the outside of the upper molars (cheeks) and the inside of the lower molars (tongue). This does not however address any of the issues on the molar tables themselves nor the incisors.


Power Floating


Performed with a motorized Power Float. Duplicates the same concept as hand floating. In my opinion, I believe this piece of equipment does not allow the user to effectively address the molar table surfaces at the right angles due to its straight shaft, thickness and length. Due to the curve of the spee, the Power Float is unable to follow this curve in all horses due to a lack of room in the mouth or visualize and accurately  address the finer details of equilibration and requires additional equipment to follow that spee.


Proper Equine Dentistry & Equilibration


To achieve proper equine dentistry and equilibration, Kevin Rundle utilizes instrumentation that has been designed specifically for and proven by Certified Master and Advanced Equine Dentists around the world.  This allows for the practitioner to be as accurate as possible by allowing each individual tooth or part of to be addressed separately without compromising the adjacent tooth, i.e., following the steep curve of spee (jaw) and accurately reducing a hook at the back of the mouth leaving it at the proper molar table angle to avoid malocclusions, abscesses and pressure/fracture points.