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    09-17-2012, 06:42 PM
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Foal
Part of tongue gone

So I had a new farrier come out and put shoes on my horse. Afterwards we were talking about my horse and I told him I got him from the auction so not sure on his age. We had guessed around 11-12 range. Well he opens his mouth so we could kind of look and get his thoughts. He pulls out his tongue and to my horror my horse is missing a big chunk of his tongue way in the back. It was long healed, but now I'm thinking maybe I should ride him with a bit less bridle. He does ok with the bit I'm using, but I don't wana be causing him any discomfort with his tongue.

I had his teeth floated in feb the guy didn't say anything about his tongue when he did it. He also drops his pellets when he eats now I think I know why with his tongue that way.

Does anyone else have a horse with this problem? And thoughts on what are good bit less bridles or bits to use on a horse with tongue problems.
     
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    09-17-2012, 07:15 PM
  #2
Started
Growing up my BF had a barrel racing gelding that was missing a good portion of his tongue.He apparently sawed it in half having got an intact baling twine caught in his mouth. It happen before she got him. Anyway she rode him in bit & he was fine Do remember him though as being a sloppy eater
     
    09-17-2012, 07:16 PM
  #3
Green Broke
If he is going good and not acting out when pressure is applied to the bit then I would say don't worry about it. If it has long since healed I would assume he isn't in any pain and a proper fitting bit won't hurt him. As for the pellets I'm not sure there js much you can do if it is caused by his tongue so long as he isn't dropping weight and he can eat his hay/ grass or graze he should be just fine.
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    09-17-2012, 07:35 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Try soaking his feed, that may help him not drop his food. We soak the senior feed for a lot of the older horses where I board.
     
    09-17-2012, 07:42 PM
  #5
Green Broke
One of the older TB's at the ranch is missing more than half her tongue. She has no problem with a bit, she's just kind of slobbery and a messy eater. But it doesnt really cause her any problems.
     
    09-17-2012, 09:51 PM
  #6
Foal
Ya he's really slobbery and seems to spit out a lot. Doesnt seem to have a hard time chewing it though so maybe he just can't keep a lot in his mouth.

He seems fine with the bit I use on him. He's really responsive so I don't have to pull on him really. I went through a bunch of bits trying to find one he seems to like. I tried some snaffled but he hated those and I think now that I know his tongue is missing a big piece it must have been putting a lot of pressure on the old wound and driving him crazy.

I have been wetting his pellets down a little bit where their just a little soft, but prob as he gets older ill start soaking them. I wish they had alfalfa shred like they do beet pulp.
     
    09-17-2012, 10:04 PM
  #7
Started
I have been wetting his pellets down a little bit where their just a little soft, but prob as he gets older ill start soaking them. I wish they had alfalfa shred like they do beet pulp.[/QUOTE]

You can soak alfalfa cubes but find pellet form don't work as well & find horses aren't as fond of them. He's always going to be a messy eater so unless he is showing real trouble chewing or trouble maintaining weight you shouldn't have to be soaking his food just yet.
     
    09-18-2012, 07:19 PM
  #8
Weanling
My mare has had a past injury with her tongue. Way in the back it looks like it was once stitched. Now it is a big black line. She plays with her bit a lot and has trouble listening to me telling her to back up. (i'm guessing because she can't feel it?) But she is perfectly fine otherwise. If its a real problem you can do a bitless bridle, but I think your horse will be fine:)
     
    09-18-2012, 09:33 PM
  #9
Foal
Ya I noticed he has a hard time backing we've been working on it and now he's doing a lot better. It was like he didn't know what I wanted and was frustrated so I did one back step at a time and now he's getting pretty good at it.
     
    09-21-2012, 12:11 AM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by pinkyshot    
Ya he's really slobbery and seems to spit out a lot. Doesnt seem to have a hard time chewing it though so maybe he just can't keep a lot in his mouth.

He seems fine with the bit I use on him. He's really responsive so I don't have to pull on him really. I went through a bunch of bits trying to find one he seems to like. I tried some snaffled but he hated those and I think now that I know his tongue is missing a big piece it must have been putting a lot of pressure on the old wound and driving him crazy.

I have been wetting his pellets down a little bit where their just a little soft, but prob as he gets older ill start soaking them. I wish they had alfalfa shred like they do beet pulp.
I soak alfalfa cubes and beet pulp for my senior... she loves it... also, last year I bought a Dr Cook bitless and both of my horss love it! But all I do is trail ride, so??? But they are so happy with it, I would never put another bit in their mouths again....
     

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