So a few days ago I sent Cheyenne (my chestnut gelding) to a friends house for some additional training. I also needed to get him out of there for the fact that my new gelding wouldn't leave the yard without Cheyenne. Anyways last night my friend stopped and he looked quite worried. I immediately knew something bad happened. Well he asked if we had ever used a bit with Cheyenne, and I told him we didn't, because we never had. Well it turns out that Cheyenne has a broken jaw. It's an old injury, the guy thought maybe a few months or it could've happened when he was a colt or yearling. I had noticed the other day his jaw was kinda offset but I thought maybe it was just the way his mouth was sitting. I didn't think much of it at the time.
But my friend said he opened Cheyenne's mouth just to see how old he really is, and some of his teeth were just hanging off to the side. His jaw is off to the side and he was a bad "parrot mouth" now.
I don't understand how this went unnoticed when it first happened but it really makes me angry. Now that this happened, this horse will not have a chance. He will never be able to have a bit in his mouth and at best he will be companion sound for the rest of his life.