A Holistic Practitioner

making the best decisions based on the individual horse



A graduate of the Academy of Equine Dentisty in Idaho, Phil Ratliff, C/EQD, C/AWHD, continued his education at the Advanced Whole Horse Dentistry Learning Center. He maintains a busy practice that spans Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and California, making barn calls and working on site at major shows and events.client

Phil takes the time to educate his clients as well as to the importance of a balanced, whole horse approach to equine dentistry. A superb horseman, Phil has the ability to quickly forge a trusting and co-operative relationship with his patients, making for a comfortable and relaxed dentistry experience.

Results are the measure of the man; profound results that are achieved again and again, across breeds, across ages, across disciplines. Phil works with top performance horses including dressage, hunter jumpers, racing, reining, cow horses, cutters and more consistently improving performance, attitude and well being.

Dedicated to Educating a New Breed of Equine Dentists

Phil Ratliff continues to teach Veterinarians, Dentists, Health Care Professionals, and Horsemen alike to become integrated equine dentists. Classes and seminars are conducted around the country to train individuals in the philosophy, techniques, evaluation methods, and tools used. The classes include classroom training and practicum, and train the students to adhere to the same highest standard of care for the patients. Phil routinely takes student with him as he travels for even more hands on experience.


There are four known stages of learning....

1. Unconscious incompetence - The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit.

2. Conscious incompetence - Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit.

3. Conscious competence - The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill.

4. Unconscious competence - The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become "second nature" and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task.

"If you stop learning, you stop creating history and become history."





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