Abscess/infected hole in bottom bar of mouth?
I have a horse, his name is Erik. He is a carriage driving horse, but also gets ridden. He gets driven in a straight Liverpool bit and sometimes also in jointed Liverpool bits. He gets ridden in a jointed snaffle.
He had a bridle lameness caused my tension on his right rein, but we have had him checked, x-rays etc and he is not lame!
A couple of months ago he started to snatch at the bit every time you asked for the left rein or left bend ridden and driven, so we had a look in his mouth and there was, what looked to be, a hole in the bar of his mouth in a little from where the bit sits. Ever since finding that, he has a white-ish nasal discharge when exercised. He was given anti-biotics and time off for a while and we thought it had cleared up, but this weekend we were at a driving competition an he snatched a lot when asked to turn left. He is very honest so he did, but he was obviously not comfortable.
The vet came up today and put the gag in his mouth and had a proper look and she dug it out a little (which she didnt do last time). It bleeds at the side of the 'hole' and looks like deadish cartiliage stuff inside it. It smells a little when a swab is taken from inside it.
We were told it wasn't anything to do with his salivary glands as it is not in the right place.
We are thinking it might be a bone chip and it has got infected, but it could also have a foreign body in it and may have just got infected. Anti-biotics doesn't clear it up completely. It takes the pain away when using jointed bits, but he is still uncomfortable and we would like to get to the bottom of it.
He's a brilliant, loved horse, so worth the hassle.
Hope someone can help! Thanks!