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post #1 of 4 Old 06-06-2009, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Problem with horse's teeth...

My husband and I went and looked at a 9 year old mare today that we're considering buying for him for pleasure riding/trails. I looked in her mouth her front teeth look weird. I'll try to describe it as best I can...

There is a gap in the middle - possibly a tooth is missing, but the gap is square in the middle on the top, and the two teeth on either side of it are splayed out at probably 45 degree angles, going away from each other.

The mare is FAT so obviously it isn't impeding her eating as of now, and I don't see how it could cause problems bitting with it being right in the front, but I am wondering if this is something that will cause problems down the road? Or if it is something that needs to be corrected? I don't even know if it can be corrected.

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-07-2009, 04:33 PM
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well i dont really know much about horses teeth but if i were you i would get it checked out because chances are somewhere down the road your going to have major problems with her teeth especially when she gets older.

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post #3 of 4 Old 06-07-2009, 04:47 PM
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Have the vet look at her teeth at the pre purchase exam. I can't picture what they look like, but a horse's teeth are very important. The condition of the teeth will alter how long the horse can continue to eat as it gets older. You probably already knew that though :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-07-2009, 05:51 PM
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Besides that gap, do the rest of her teeth/mouth look ok?

It could be that she got kicked in the mouth and you're looking at the end result. Or it could be a defect of some kind.

If she's fat, you're right, its not impeding in her eating, but I'd be concerned when she gets a bit older if that'll affect her in any way (I really can't see how it will since she'll grind food with her back teeth, not the front.)

You could always ask the horse's current owner for her vet's number so you can discuss it when them (if it was an injury) to see what exactly was done. And then with that info, call your vet/ have him go out there for a PPE and just mention things that were mentioned to you from the current vet.
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