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    07-09-2013, 12:23 PM
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NRW
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Broken upper jaw *graphic pictures

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.

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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.

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So they were able to do it all with him standing sedated and mouth numbed thankfully for me.

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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.
     
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    07-09-2013, 12:29 PM
  #2
Started
I am of no help but I am very interested to see others' responses. Good for you for getting the help he needs, but sorry you've gotta deal with this!

Keeping y'all in my thoughts and hoping for a quick recovery!
     
    07-09-2013, 12:34 PM
  #3
Green Broke
My understanding is that jaw fractures heal quite well. As it is the top jaw I would suspect that one healed, a bit wouldn't be a problem.
Any ideas how that happened? A kick maybe?
     
    07-09-2013, 12:36 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Wowwwwwwwwwww! Sorry this happened to your baby! I am so amazed at what can be fixed. Good work!
     
    07-09-2013, 01:10 PM
  #5
Green Broke
My colt broke his lower jaw-both sides-we got him to the vet quickly & his jaws were wired. We had to feed him unstemmed hay, soft pellets, and things like that. I did break him w/a bosal, used a hackamore for while, but did get him used to a bit after awhile also. A friend bought him from me & he gave her many years of pleasant trail rides. It did not lead to any extra dental problems.
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    07-09-2013, 02:52 PM
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NRW
Foal
Thanks you guys. I've only had him for about 2 months and he has managed to cause a lot of trouble already... :)
I do think this is from him being kicked in the mouth. I don't really know how else it could have happened. But when I took him to the vet they said it was recent, within the past 2-3 days. I have no idea how I didn't notice it sooner. I think it could have happened on the 3rd, since he spent all day in on the 4th due to colic. And the 5th is when the vet looked at him, and we found he was missing the tooth in the early morning after he had just spent over 24hrs in his stall.

@ Cacowgirl : I think he will have to have extra dental work due to his two teeth no longer lining up with the bottom ones how they should. Other than that, I think his teeth should be okay. Did your colt ever have problems with the bit, or respond better with the bosal?

I'm wondering if mine is going to have like an abnormal bump in his mouth from the break, and cause him discomfort with the bit...I suppose I will see when he gets the wires removed from his mouth.
     
    07-09-2013, 03:05 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Hope he heals up soon . Maybe you should discuss this with the Vet that wired him.
     
    07-09-2013, 03:14 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by NRW    
Thanks you guys. I've only had him for about 2 months and he has managed to cause a lot of trouble already... :)
I do think this is from him being kicked in the mouth. I don't really know how else it could have happened. But when I took him to the vet they said it was recent, within the past 2-3 days. I have no idea how I didn't notice it sooner. I think it could have happened on the 3rd, since he spent all day in on the 4th due to colic. And the 5th is when the vet looked at him, and we found he was missing the tooth in the early morning after he had just spent over 24hrs in his stall.

@ Cacowgirl : I think he will have to have extra dental work due to his two teeth no longer lining up with the bottom ones how they should. Other than that, I think his teeth should be okay. Did your colt ever have problems with the bit, or respond better with the bosal?

I'm wondering if mine is going to have like an abnormal bump in his mouth from the break, and cause him discomfort with the bit...I suppose I will see when he gets the wires removed from his mouth.
Not to be rude but in his defense, I do not think he is "causing" this trouble on purpose. Poor boy! . Sometimes trouble just finds us.
     
    07-09-2013, 03:26 PM
  #9
Banned
WOW poor boy hope he heals up fast.
     
    07-09-2013, 04:01 PM
  #10
Weanling
So glad you caught that and had treatment. You should give yourself a pat on the back for that! Hope your boy heals soon and is back to feeling good in no time.
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