Our mission ~
We provide the highest value in dental care for horses using time proven horsemanship skills. Developing mutual respect through using these skills we create willing partnerships allowing us to effectively address every tooth within the mouth using hand floats and precise techniques.
We value the horse owner in their time and property by acting professionally and with respect in all aspects of the visit.
Geoff Tucker, DVM – founder of Horsemanship Dentistry™ and an instructor at Dr Tucker’s Horsemanship Dentistry School™.
Melissa Buday – Certified in Horsemanship Dentistry™ and an instructor at Dr Tucker’s Horsemanship Dentistry School™.
Geoff Tucker, DVM
Dr Tucker started his floating career while in veterinary school at Cornell University in New York in 1983 after starting his professional career with horses in 1973.
Since that day when his mentor showed him how to perform an oral exam by hand without a speculum, he has been perfecting the technique. After more than 3 decades and floating over 65,000 horses, he now calls his floating style The Tucker Technique of Horsemanship Dentistry.
Dr Tucker is the founder of the Horsemanship Dentistry™ movement that promotes the use of horsemanship not only in dentistry, but with anything done with horses. He is also the co-developer of the Horsemanship Dentistry School where this style of dentistry for horses is taught world wide.
Dr Tucker is licensed in FL, GA, SC, LA, TN, VA, NY, CT, MA, and WA. No license is required to float teeth in VT and MD. He can also work in any other state as long as there is a veterinarian asking him to come as a guest and they are the host. Every state has different laws, but in general terms, every state allows for this. In essence, Dr Tucker will travel anywhere he can legally work on horse teeth. He also is looking for people, especially veterinarians, willing to learn Horsemanship Dentistry™ in every state of the US.
Melissa Buday got started with horses when she was 2 years old and by high school, was known as the one to call to ride any horse in town. For a short time after college, she worked outside of horses but was soon drawn back when she found out that Dr Tucker was looking for someone to join his practice.
She tried out for the position in 2009 and has been with The Equine Practice, Inc since then. To date, she has floated over 10,500 horses in 6 1/2 years.
Her natural talent with horses is now coupled with dentistry making her not only the top Horsemanship Dentist in the country, but has placed her as the lead instructor and the Horsemanship Dentistry School.
Melissa Buday can legally work alone in FL, SC, MD, NY, CT, and VT or with Dr Tucker in most other states.
Her focus is in south Florida with expansion into South Carolina.