OK heres a new one. My 2 year old stallion (two in March) starting refusing the bit in May of this year. Trainer says he was teething as his new teeth were just barely visible behind his baby teeth. He was looking a bit like a shark. We had to stop training as he wasnt liking the bit, so we couldnt get him ready for any in saddle classes at the horse shows this June and July. Hes still teething according to the trainer and no baby teeth have yet dropped out. To top that off, she says his molars are also budding and thats making it all the more miserable for him.
This has been going on since March. How long should it take for his new teeth to push out his baby ones? They arent growing in on top of the baby ones but behind them. Its making him somewhat parrot mouthed, so that puts him out of showing all together, not that I would have taken him to a show for only one category anyway with the cost of trucking and preparation etc.
Should I be concerned that this teething thing has gone on this long? Jos? any suggestions for what we might try with him as far as headgear to get him going? He is sensitive in his mouth naturally, but also on the outside of his cheeks where the molars are.... so I cant think of any way to get him haltered up and work him without causing him discomfort.
I had wanted to get portraits done of his this summer for stud advertising, but hes been a misery since May and not worked, or neck sweated, so professional fliers are out of the question until hes fitted and looking the part.
Should I get the vet back out to look at this teeth situation. I dont want to have him sedated and these teeth pulled to allow the new set to come in, but im wondering if anyone else has had this problem and how long did it take to resolve itself.
I did have the vet look at him back in early June, and she said she would be hesitant to pull these baby teeth as they were in there really good and the pulling could damage his new teeth behind.
update: Hes lost two of his front teeth just this week and one or more molars. His front teeth look grey as they are visible with the baby teeth gone. Does this mean that they are damaged or dead with all the trouble we had with his baby teeth?
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