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Vets say nay to unlicensed horse dentist

She claims due process violations

It’s not a job for the faint-hearted. The horse dentist reaches deep inside the mouth of a horse — hoping the horse is OK with that idea — and uses a tool to file down sharp points on the horse’s teeth. The task keeps the horse healthy, as the sharp edges can poke the horse’s cheek and make it hard for the animal to chew. But done wrong, the horse could resist and bite you. And if you miss a critical spot, a sharp tooth could grow long enough to puncture an artery and the horse could bleed to death.

The process is called floating, and it’s the chosen profession of Brooke Gray, 28, from northwest Missouri. It’s also at the center of a state lawsuit.