Brooke settled into her new environment pretty well. She tends to be a bit nervous about people but hey, she's only 3 and hasn't had alot of exposure to new places yet. My friend Jean noticed that Brooke was having issues chewing carrots. I also noticed she didn't want to eat her hay in the stall. Luckily Dr. McIlmurray was scheduled to come out to the barn on 12/2 for another horse. I asked him to check her teeth and the first thing he said after checking in her mouth was, "you haven't put a bit in this horse's mouth have you?" No, she had only been at the farm two weeks, and I was letting her settle into her daily routine.Well it's a good thing I didn't try to bit her as she still had her wolf teeth AND several large caps that needed to come off. Doc lightly sedated her and went to work on her mouth. He extracted the wolf teeth and also the caps that had huge hooks on them. You could cut your finger open with one of them - they were very sharp!
A day after having her teeth floated and removed, she happily devoured all her hay in the stall. She has also put on a nice amount of weight since she can eat comfortably now.
So the moral of the story is, have your horse's teeth inspected by your vet before you start any bridle work.