I have used the equine dental services of Jeffrey R. Kelly for the past several years and have been more than satisfied with the results. He was referred to me by a friend who had utilised his service and was very impressed. I had two old mares in their late twenties and while I have no quarrel with any vet who had done my horses in the past, I was searching for an alternative to the usual veterinary experience of sedation, hanging heads up with a rope over a beam, and power floating, as I feared that they might slip and really hurt themselves before we could release them. Jeff's treatment of the old girls removed those fears, no sedation, no hanging, and no power tools. He hand floated both of them and they were happy to stand still for him. He has an empathy for the horses which they seem to pick up on immediately, and he is also kind, patient, professional and very knowlegeable. I highly recommend him as an equine dentist.
~ Denise Wilde, Sidney, B.C.
In September 1999, I bought a 5 year old quarter horse mare, then pregnant with her first foal. At the time, I had very little experience with horses; riding, vetting, even feeding and basic maintenance. I had spent a couple of years before that reading everything I could on the subject, as I desperately wanted a horse, and when I thought I was at least a little prepared, I dove in and bought my first horse.
Luckily for both me and the mare and foal, I was prepared enough for us to begin a safe journey in horsemanship, and when the foal was old enough I began to ride the mare, Patience.
Things went fairly smoothly, until that is, we tried to trailer.
To begin with, I had never really separated the foal from the mare, and things went badly - neither horse wanted to get into the trailer without the other! I eventually sold the foal at 5 years old, and began seriously to try to trailer Patience, as I wanted to get her to clinics and further our riding skills. Whatever the reason (if she remembered the bad experience of trying to load without that foal or not), it was impossible to get her into a trailer. In 2004, I asked friends to help - and these were accomplished horsemen. No one was successful. I switched my 2-horse straight haul for a much larger, cavernous, angle haul trailer. Eventually in 2007, after at least three different people over the years had tried to teach Patience to load, I rode her to a local clinic, where a very talented clinician was successful in getting her in.
This was not the end however, as my skills were still lacking, as was my confidence. Patience was still very nervous about loading and the subsequent trailer ride, and she broke my husband's hand on 2 different occasions, as he is always present trying to help me load her. By 2008, the horse would load, but it was always a fight with her, and she was always nervous, always coming just up to the edge of the trailer and then running backwards, pulling on the lead rope. If we did get her in, she would wait until the precise moment when we tried to tie her head, and then jet out of the trailer backwards, foiling us over and over. It usually took us 1 - 2 hours to load her, and we got a little better as time went by to get her in within about half an hour or 20 minutes. But we would have given anything to have a horse "just walk in"!
Finally in June 2009, I bought Trailer Loading 101, by J. R. Kelly. Both my husband and I sat down and watched it, a couple of times. I took notes. We particularly noted the very gentle way that Jeff handled the horses, even when they were balking. Keeping the horse calm seemed to be his goal. The key for us was how he spent time inside the trailer with the horse once they had actually gotten their four feet inside.
We immediately went outside and tried Jeff's techniques with Patience.
That summer, last summer, was a dream. Patience did at first, of course, continue to display her nervousness, but every load got better and better, and by the August 2009 show, loading was a non-issue for us. We had a horse that would "just walk in".
I cannot express how valuable it is for us to be able to load our horse in peace - finally! Not only does she load now, but when we get to our destination, she is not dripping in nervous sweat, and we can spend the rides to our events not chewing our nails for fear she will injure herself back there. These trips used to be a nerve-racking chore, and now are a pleasure. I would definitely reccommend this DVD to anyone with a trailering issues. Thanks Jeff!
~ Janine Issel Fruitvale, BC
In the early summer of 2010 my mare got into a bad trailering accident where her hind end got stuck on top of the divider on an angle haul trailer. After the accident she was terrified of trailers. She wouldn’t get on and when she finally did, she’d panic and kick during the entire ride. In fact, I had her professionally trailered after the accident to get her home and she caused $2700 damage to the trailer (without shoes) that I sadly had to pay for. I didn’t know what to do at this point but luckily Jeffrey Kelly was recommended to me. I cannot say enough good things about Jeff. He was extremely knowledgeable and good at what he did. He approached the situation in a gentle, caring and understanding way helping lead my mare through her trailering issues. He did this with the utmost patience and persistence. Jeff not only worked through my mare’s issues, he helped me identify my own trailering issues following the accident that were having a negative impact on my horse. He gave me a whole new perspective on how to view my relationship with my mare and how to build confidence between us that can be translated from trailering to daily interactions. After only two sessions with Jeff, my horse was trailered once again… only this time she was a superstar! She got on without any issues and was quiet and content the entire way over to her new home. Although we have been able to resolve my mare’s trailering issues, I will continue to work with Jeff in building upon my own horsemanship, as he is one of the most knowledgeable and interesting horsemen I have ever met. Thank you Jeff !!!
~ Alex Langley, BC , Canada
I just wanted to send you a note to say many grateful thanks for the work you had done on Tiger’s teeth for me in 2008. You had given him the best last year of his life. Sadly, he lost the fight with old age yesterday at 26. His old heart had given out on him. He had unfortunately lost a lot of weight over the last 2 months and all his strength too. Yet always remained happy and playful.
However, yesterday the old man once again amazed everyone. Yesterday as he was lying flat out, with no strength to lift his head 2 inches off the ground, Gary had given him some hay and he still managed to eat. Which proved my dad’s theory that “nothing will ever stop that horse from eating”. He was bright and alert, but it was like he was paralyzed from the neck down. I had no choice, I knew I had to let him go.
So again, I am so grateful that you gave me one last year with him. Thank you.
~ Sue Kennedy
Hey! My Name is Lori I live in the Kootenays in British Columbia,
Being new to having a horse, I was having difficulty in loading my new horse into a new horse trailer. I tried everything, from putting her hay at the back of trailer, coaxing her in with treats, the rope around her backside, nothing I did worked, I phoned the old owners to see how they did it and they said she should just walk in but she wouldn’t. Very frustrated I just gave up!!! We resorted to just trail riding around our home. Jeffrey came to my home, and upon talking with him about my situation on trailor loading my mare, he asked if he could try, I was very apprehensive about it because of previous attempts, and did not want to stress my mare or myself out. Jeffrey reassured me that it would be okay, within 40 minutes Jeffrey had my mare Shy-Ann confidently going in and out of the horse trailer. I was so impressed she wasn't shaky or scared. Jeffrey then showed me how to. My mare is huge 1200lbs and 15.2 hands there is no room for questioning or mistakes on both myself or my horse, we were both very confident. I would Highly recommend Jeffrey Roger Kelly for horse trailer loading tips & techniques, he is very patient, gentle and firm. Jeffrey is very confident, and knowledgeable, I learned so much from him in a short time.
Thanks Jeffrey, I am glad that your name was passed on to me, and I will definitely tell others of my situation and how you helped me and my horse Shy-Ann.
~ Cheers Lori