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    07-21-2010, 09:19 PM
  #1
Weanling
does this sound like a teeth issue???

Ok, I'll try to keep this short.
I just got my 2yr old Canadian/Percheron X gelding 3 weeks ago. When I looked at him before buying the owner had no problems getting him to take the bit. I had no issues the first 2 rides getting him to take the bit. Now however he will not take the bit. He thrashes his head, lowers his head, raises his head (everything to avoid the bit). When I get the bit in he seems fine (playing with the bit in his mouth), but he does yawn - alot. Today I noticed that he was opening his mouth really wide, stretching his neck out, and moving his bottom jaw around (almost like a yawn, but much longer,wider, and with more head movement). I do think his bit is the right size and I thought the bridle might have been tight at the brow band but I took that off and still have issues with him with the bit. He doesn't mind me putting my finger in his mouth on the left side, but on the right side he really doesn't like it (moves his head, clamps his lips and sometimes threatens to bite).

Thanks
     
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    07-21-2010, 10:12 PM
  #2
Trained
I would get his teeth checked out. Soda was doing pretty much all of those behaviors and I had his teeth done. He had a residual wolf tooth (tiny, I missed it when looking for it) that fell out when the vet got in there. He's been fine ever since. He had a couple other small issues, but the vet and I thoguht that was causing the problem especially as it's gone away since.
     
    07-21-2010, 10:46 PM
  #3
Weanling
Thanks. I might have a vet come out tomorrow.
     
    07-21-2010, 11:08 PM
  #4
Foal
My mare is doing the same thing. I actually just did research on it yesterday and am thinking she needs to get her teeth floated. Vets coming out soon to check her out.
     
    07-22-2010, 07:20 PM
  #5
Weanling
Well I had the vet come out today and floated his teeth and pulled wolfe teeth. I hope he feels better soon.
     
    07-22-2010, 10:57 PM
  #6
Trained
Give him some time to get over the memory of pain. Take it slow and hopefully you'll see an improvement. Also, check the fit of your bit and make sure it isn't too harsh. Basically do a really harsh evaluation of your hands to make sure that you aren't causing or contributing to the issues.
     
    07-23-2010, 11:29 AM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
Give him some time to get over the memory of pain. Take it slow and hopefully you'll see an improvement. Also, check the fit of your bit and make sure it isn't too harsh. Basically do a really harsh evaluation of your hands to make sure that you aren't causing or contributing to the issues.
Thanks.
I'm going to visit him for a few days but do nothing bridle related for awhile.
The first thing I thought of when we started this issue was the fit of the bridle and the bit. I do need a bigger bridle but I don't believe it was that uncomortable to have him react the way he did. And as far as the bit - it's a fairly fat D ring snaffle, and I believe it fits correctly. When we do start riding again I think I'm going to be very aware of my hand movements. I know he's going to be sore for a while, so we'll take is slow.
     
    07-23-2010, 02:07 PM
  #8
Started
Im glad you had his teeth checked- Your horses teeth should be check yearly to catch any issues. Not only can bad teeth affect how a horse rides it can cause digestion problems.

Good luck with everything and hope your boy recovers fast :)
     
    07-23-2010, 02:57 PM
  #9
Weanling
I didn't really think I was going to have teeth issues at 2yrs old. But I wanted to make sure he is sound then there's no excuses except for something I'm doing wrong. So teeth are floated and wolfe teeth are gone we'll go from here.
     
    07-23-2010, 03:08 PM
  #10
Started
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Originally Posted by Alicia    
I didn't really think I was going to have teeth issues at 2yrs old. But I wanted to make sure he is sound then there's no excuses except for something I'm doing wrong. So teeth are floated and wolfe teeth are gone we'll go from here.
He is just entering the age where he will be shedding the baby teeth and growing in the permanent- between the ages of 4-5 he could end up getting canine teeth
     

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