Originally Posted by emilie787
My horse "Charlie" Just got his teeth done for his first time in his life, he is 12 and a OTTB I bought him last year around.. February. When the dentist looked at him he said he had 2 large hooks in his mouth. He drilled them down a little but is comming back in 6 months to finnish them. I use a nose net on charlie outside because he flicks his head a lot. I thought it was from allergies but now im not so sure... also he grinds his teeth a ton and is usually grumpy.. could this be from his teeth? He is also hard to put on weight. Is there any supplement I could give him to have a happier mouth? Thanks!!(:
I just about died when I read that! A 12yr old that has never had his teeth done!!
No wonder he had two large hooks!!
To answer your question - yes the head tossing, teeth grinding, attitude and difficulty putting on weight could (and are most likely) be caused by his teeth.
Horses teeth are like rabbits teeth, they continuously erupt from their gums. If there is pain (ie; from sharp points, ulcers etc) then they will chew differently which will change the wear patterns on their teeth. This in turn will make the problems worse. It's a vicious cycle.
Have a look at this photo album to see what trouble hooks can cause in the mouth. This is the lady who does my horses teeth. She takes pictures of interesting cases to educate people as to what can go on with their horses mouth. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...6183670&type=3
The only thing that will give him a happier mouth it getting his teeth done regularly. You should then find the head tossing, teeth grinding and attitude will stop as well as finding it easier to keep weight on him.