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post #1 of 11 Old 05-06-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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broken jaw ...

has anyone ever had a horse with a broken jaw?

I just found out bailey (the horse from the auction house) had a broken jaw at some point in his life.

What are some medical issues you guys faced or any problems the horse faced with an unaligned jaw??
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-06-2012, 04:07 PM
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I had a horse w/a broken jaw. The vet wired it & I had to hand feed him for awhile. I stripped out the leaves & little stuff-as he couldn't do anything w/stems. Then I soaked pellets & he did pretty good w/that. He healed fine & there were no on going problems-although I did break him in a bosal instead of a snaffle. Did go into a bit after about a year or so.
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Depending on what part of the jaw the break was in and how it healed, you may notice an increased need for dental maintenance as an offset jaw alignment will create abnormal tooth wear.
How functional does his jaw seem?
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I have owned a horse who suffored a broken jaw (and skull) as a two month old. He was not treated and it was allowed to heal on its own - and it healed badly.

The end result was that he had to have a completly soft diet for his entire life. Soaked pellets and soaked suppleemnts - unless it was the consistance of a thick soup, he honestly could not eat it.

Now, this is an absolutely worse case senerio. Saying he was hard to keep weight on was an understatement. Here are the before and after pics - taken at 8 months old when I bought him and then one year later.



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I have owned a horse who suffored a broken jaw (and skull) as a two month old. He was not treated and it was allowed to heal on its own - and it healed badly.

The end result was that he had to have a completly soft diet for his entire life. Soaked pellets and soaked suppleemnts - unless it was the consistance of a thick soup, he honestly could not eat it.

Now, this is an absolutely worse case senerio. Saying he was hard to keep weight on was an understatement. Here are the before and after pics - taken at 8 months old when I bought him and then one year later.



Aww!! Is he now passed?

I've never had one with a broken jaw. Did the vet say how progressed the healing was?
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Yes, he actually didn't make it. The broken jaw healed completley before I bought him - out of place enough that he could not chew at all - which is why at 8 months old this Mustang HORSE only weighted 47 pounds.

However, he was also deaf as a doornail, which was slightly annonying. The worse was that the skull injury left him with a memory of only about 6 hours. This meant that in the morning he would have to be halter broken to take him out of his stall and out to his turn out. He was usually ok to lead back to his stall, but in the morning it was spend another hour or two to teach him how to lead.

After three years of this, we did the math. He was costing about $6 a day to feed his speical diet - thank goodness his stall was donated by the stable. But there came a time when we could not justify the expense of keeping him, yet there was no way we could rehome him. He was humanely euthanized with a bullet and donated to a big cat rescue.

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Depending on what part of the jaw the break was in and how it healed, you may notice an increased need for dental maintenance as an offset jaw alignment will create abnormal tooth wear.
How functional does his jaw seem?
well the vet came friday and said his mouth does look like it was wired but the jaw didn't heal 100% correctly so its off slightly. She will do a yearly dental check and floating and angle the teeth to offset the alignment... the way she described it is the back jaw is what was broke but the break caused problems to the front half of the jaw as well.

The back teeth furthest away are higher and as you come close to the front they come lower and lower and they are in a wave or concave shape rather than straight on. Then the front teeth were effected by the break because of the uneven wear while eating...
She says he isn't showing signs of pain or anything in the area but we need to keep ontop of it to keep him comfortable while eating. He doesn't need wet food completely and it is watered down a bit to help it down but he likes to chew anyway and spits most of the water and liquid supplements out :P

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Yes, he actually didn't make it. The broken jaw healed completley before I bought him - out of place enough that he could not chew at all - which is why at 8 months old this Mustang HORSE only weighted 47 pounds.

However, he was also deaf as a doornail, which was slightly annonying. The worse was that the skull injury left him with a memory of only about 6 hours. This meant that in the morning he would have to be halter broken to take him out of his stall and out to his turn out. He was usually ok to lead back to his stall, but in the morning it was spend another hour or two to teach him how to lead.

After three years of this, we did the math. He was costing about $6 a day to feed his speical diet - thank goodness his stall was donated by the stable. But there came a time when we could not justify the expense of keeping him, yet there was no way we could rehome him. He was humanely euthanized with a bullet and donated to a big cat rescue.
How sad. =( If only someone had been able to help him sooner or to end his suffering when the injury first occured.

He matched my little mustang mare. She is also a grey and white roan paint.
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Yes, he actually didn't make it. The broken jaw healed completley before I bought him - out of place enough that he could not chew at all - which is why at 8 months old this Mustang HORSE only weighted 47 pounds.

However, he was also deaf as a doornail, which was slightly annonying. The worse was that the skull injury left him with a memory of only about 6 hours. This meant that in the morning he would have to be halter broken to take him out of his stall and out to his turn out. He was usually ok to lead back to his stall, but in the morning it was spend another hour or two to teach him how to lead.

After three years of this, we did the math. He was costing about $6 a day to feed his speical diet - thank goodness his stall was donated by the stable. But there came a time when we could not justify the expense of keeping him, yet there was no way we could rehome him. He was humanely euthanized with a bullet and donated to a big cat rescue.
that is so sad I am glad you tried and did what was needed to help him
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-07-2012, 10:10 AM
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It's is more common than one would think. Go out and check each of your horses jaw. Feel any bumps? Horses communicate with teeth and hooves. Horse A bites horse B in the rump, horse B kicks and connects with jaw. The bumps are the healed fractures.
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