Ouch, Ouch, Ouch !!
It never ceases to amaze me what horses can have hidden in their mouths.
The picture shows some severe buccal ulcers (cheek ulcers) present on the left side of the mouth. These are caused by Sharp Enamel Points on the outside edges of the molar teeth. Over time as the horse chews, these points cut into the cheek lining. If you’ve ever bitten your cheek you know how painful that is and we don’t even have the same points.
Signs of tooth and mouth related pain can vary among horses. Some may eat slower or more carefully. Others may eat fine but have some bit sensitivity or dislike handling around their head. Knowing your horse’s habits and behaviour is important, but the key is having a proper oral exam by your veterinarian.
You never know what’s in there until you take a look. ????