On the 5th of July I found out my horse was missing a tooth, he colicked on the 4th of July, so the barn people were watching him closely for me... he wasn't suppose to be eating grain yet but they had fed him anyways disregarding my instructions not to, and while he was eating his grain they noticed that his mouth started bleeding.
They told me this when I came out to the barn, the barn lady was convinced it was an abscess in his mouth. So I brought him outside to see if he would graze, and noticed as he was grazing he was only chewing with the left side of his mouth and grass was just slipping out the other. So I pulled his head up to have a look in his mouth and we saw right away that he is missing his far right tooth. kipmouth3.jpg kipmouth4.jpg
So when I'm finally able to take him to a vet they tell me that the bone the top incisors connect to has been forced up by something and broken. So the other two teeth on the right are also in danger of falling out. I had to bring him to an equine hospital right away with the possibility of surgery.
At the equine hospital the vet told me if he would be able to do the procedure with Kip standing sedated and his mouth numbed it would all be a lot less expensive. kipmouth2.jpg kipmouth.jpg
So they were able to do it all with him standing sedated and mouth numbed thankfully for me. kipbraces1.jpg kipbraces.jpg
Now I'm giving him SMZ's and washing the spot were the tooth is missing with salt water twice a day.
As I've been looking at his mouth though, and checking on the wires to make sure they aren't going any where. I've noticed that his teeth still are not lined up quite right to his bottom... But A LOT better than they had been, where as before they were sticking out probably an inch to 3/4 of an inch over his bottom teeth they're now just a little over...
Still is very concerning to me since Kip is only 5 years old, and I know this is going to effect how he grazes for the rest of his life.
Has anybody else had experience with something like this? And what was the horses mouth like afterwards?
I was told by the vet it is more common than people think, and he had recently saw a mare in who broke her jaw in 6 different places. But I haven't seen a lot of after information...
I'm worried that a bit in his mouth with be uncomfortable and I'm going to have to train him to ride in a hackamore or something.
I know his teeth will probably have to be done more frequently now as well.