My welsh pony cross had her canines clipped when she was 4 years old, we discovered them when she was floated and because she'd developed a really bad habit of flipping her nose up when I took up a contact. So they were clipped off, the gums healed over, and all is good again.
My Clyde/TB mare is now 4 years old and has developed a NASTY habit of thrusting her nose to the ground. As a draft cross she's got a strong, thick neck and unseats me nearly every time this happens. I've had a dressage trainer start working with her - had one ride in April that looked like this:
It's only now started drying up enough to have this trainer put more hours on Eve, but at her last ride Eve was being impossible - would not walk without THRUSTING her nose to the ground. Trotting and cantering were better she seemed to have something to focus on, but at the walk she was just..."rude" as my trainer described it.
Before really getting into Eve and working on her nose thrusting issue, I had the vet out yesterday to float her teeth. He sais there were some ridges, since she hadn't been done since last spring, but nothing too bad. So I explained what was going on with her riding and he felt around her mouth a bit - found 2 canines under the gums on the top.
He said they could take months, could take years, to officially erupt enough to clip. Until then I asked about maybe switching to a rubber bit, act as a "teething ring" like we give to kids and actually encourage the canines out - he said it wouldn't work like that and if I want her comfortable, I'll stick to a hackamore or a bitless.
I've just put so much into Eve already that switching to a bitless, although I know I have to and actually already have switched, seems like starting over. Head up, nose out, reteaching whoa and turning and everything...I was looking forward to finally getting somewhere with her now that she seems to have her wits about her and less "baby brain" - not starting from scratch again.
Has anyone else here had to work around canines? Canines in mares especially? Any advise? Tips? Tricks maybe? Any sharing of experience would be appreciated! Thanks!