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post #1 of 7 Old 10-15-2012, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Severe overbite *help*

hi, i have a 5 month old colt that has an extreme overbite, probably like and inch, his top teeth dont align with his bottom, his bottom teeth touch the backs of his top, what should i do? he can graze short grass, eat hay, grain, ect. he has amazing bloodlines, also awesome conformation besides this bite, i will post a pic soon as i can, he is a beautiful colt, i wanted him as a stud prospect, but im not sure now, idk where this overbite came from neither sire or dam have an overbite in their lines? help!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-15-2012, 09:03 AM
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This is something for your vet to advise you on. Give him a call. I know the jaw realigns but I couldn't tell you at what age or how much. Perhaps some breeders will respond to this.
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It's called a parrot mouth, and can be inherited genetically. Doesn't mean it'll hit every generation, but it's definitely a fault and can impact his desirability as a stallion.

If the front teeth are over the back teeth by an inch, that's a pretty severe parrot mouth. My TB has a parrot mouth, but the gap isn't anywhere close to being what your boy has.

Parrot mouths don't have to impair a horse's usefulness or health, as long as you realize that he'll need his teeth done much more often than a horse with a regular bite.

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I don't know all the rules and regulations to breeding but I do know that a parrot mouth is a fault and a horse w/ such a genetic defect should not be used for breeding. However, it should not effect the horse itself although I would definitely have a vet check him out, especially since he may need to be put on a specific regimen for dental care.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-15-2012, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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i really appreciate everyone that imputs their opinions! ill get pics as soon as possible, this must be a fault somewhere in the genetics that finally popped up, ive bred this mare and stud a few times and always came out very correct mouthed foals, he is the only one that has had this problem, do you think he will grow into it a little bit? im just wondering on everyones opinion about his parrot mouth. thanks
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-15-2012, 09:23 AM
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There is surgery for it.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-16-2012, 02:18 PM
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You can have surgery but the horse should not be used as a stud.
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