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Parrot Mouth

I went through quite a period where I had the worst luck when it came to buying personal horses. This horse was one such case. a beautiful AQHA amber champagne colt. I had the vet check him for a heart defect since I had just had another horse die at 2 years old of a congenital heart valve deformity. Vet said yup, his heart is good. Had the vet check for two testicles, yup, everything good there. Didn”t ask the vet to do anything else. I saw no reason to pay for a vet check on a horse under 2 not broke to saddle. I wasn”t worried about soundness and the only two items I thought I cared about I had the vet check for.

When my gorgeous new colt arrived I was super excited. The next day, while I was playing with him I thought I’d school him on showing his teeth as I do all young horses. Wow was I surprised. I guess the saying is true, never look a gift horse in the mouth. My heart sunk. The breeder / seller asserted no knowledge that the foals mouth was deformed. Although I highly doubt that, there was nothing worth doing about it at the time. I had his teeth professionally done by an equine dentist who, lo and behold, discovered a heart murmur when he went to tranquilize him. I went ahead and paid the $300 plus for the teeth float and I wound up selling the horse. I know he was exported to Mexico.

This wouldn”t have happened if I had seen the horse in person. If I had gotten a vet check for sure I would have reached a settlement with the vet if the issue was missed. As it played out I only got 20% recovered on my investment. For those of you unaware of parrot mouth, here are some pictures. I would not ever knowingly buy a parrot mouth horse, even a gelding. The vet informed me he would need to be seen by a professional at least twice a year due to the uneven wear on the teeth. He would likely have issues under saddle and possible early arthritis in his jaw because of the way the joint sits. He would also likely be uncomfortable wearing a bit.

This particular colt had no occlusion on his front incisors. basically that means none of his top teeth touched his bottom teeth. The pictures don”t show that too well, but that was the case with this boy. I took three pictures because, depending on the angle it didn’t look soo bad. It is important that you always personally check the teeth of the horse you are going to buy. it would have been very easy for a seller to turn this horse”s head and the overbite would seem less severe than it actually is.





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