Long term effect of under bite???

Miniature Horse Talk Forums

Help Support Miniature Horse Talk Forums:

SweetOpal

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2004
Messages
762
Reaction score
0
Location
Missouri
A friend is looking at a pet quality mini being sold pet quality has no intentions of breeding it, but the little filly has a very predominant under bite, more than a tooth. In the pics I can see that the front teeth are touching the gum far behind the bottom teeth. What long term effects can you expect from this? Will the animal have a tough time eating in the future? Any experiences or opinions shared would be appreciated. Thanks
 

Dona

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2002
Messages
3,377
Reaction score
3
Location
Piqua, Ohio
It IS a bit harder for a horse with a predominate underbite to graze....as the teeth don't meet so they can bite off chunks of grass. Also...they will need to have regular dental care. When the teeth don't "meet", they won't wear down evenly....so those upper & bottom teeth that dont meet will continue to grow & must be filed down regularly, or will cause major problems!
 

rabbitsfizz

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 29, 2003
Messages
10,938
Reaction score
385
Location
England
I had always thought a horse with an underbite would have a problem...well, I'd never actually owned one!! I had a mare for three years who had an underbite of a 1/4" when I bought her and a good inch by the time I came to sell her- she was as fat as butter on no supplementary feeding at all- just grazing. I did have her teeth seen to once in that time, but the back ones were fine and really needed no work done. I did however suggest her new owner should have them regularly looked at- it never hurts to point out the possible pitfalls.
 

Latest posts

Top