I'm looking at a new mare to compete in trail classes with. She's nicely bred, well built, and rides fine. While I was looking her over on Saturday, I looked in her mouth and, at first, I thought she had one of her teeth knocked out. When I looked further, what it seems to be is that her permanent tooth never dropped after she lost her baby tooth.
You can feel the tooth at her gum line but it never came out. My wife manages a dental practice and she told me that it does happen more then you think with kids. With a kid, thought, you would go in and get it. I'm certainly not going to do that with a 9 year old mare.
Her teeth don't look like they are shifting as would happen if you pulled a tooth and didn't put in a false one. My question is, aside from the cosmetics, is there any long term problem I may have to deal with?