So I'm considering adopting a rescue horse. When we were looking him over yesterday, I looked in his mouth & he's missing his left front tooth. It's completely gone! The teeth on either side of it look questionable to me as well. The right front looks kind of partly black and "dead" so I'm assuming it probably needs to be pulled as well.
Since I've never run into this before, I wanted to see if anyone had opinions on whether this should be a deal breaker.
He seems to eat & graze just fine, and is a bit touchy about his mouth, but no more than lots of other horses. I haven't had the opportunity to ride him, so I'm not sure how he is with a bit in yet. I have absolutely no history on him. He was found loose and so far no one has claimed him so he should go up for auction in a week or so. Is a missing tooth (or 2 or 3) something that will turn into a major headache or feeding/bitting issue? Are there things I haven't even considered that I ought to?
If I can, I'll upload pictures if that will help, but I'm working a lot this week and may not get the chance.