I couldn't figure out what to title this post. I started with "Why Trax hates bits", and then wanted to go with "Trax's Former Owners Suck" then I thought about just going with OMG.
I'll let you folks decide.
The vet just left after doing vaccinations and teeth checks. None of my horses need their teeth done which amazes me. He said the closest one to needing it is Sassy, but even she isn't bad at all. So we opted to wait.
BUT when he was doing Trax he showed me something that made me ill. I mean literally fighting mad, gut wrenching sad, ready to cry and puke all at the same time ill.
Here is a short video of what he found.
His tongue is literally cut almost in half.
The vet said from the looks of it, it has been this way for a long while.
(yes I asked just to make sure that I didn't do it and not realize it)
Now that I realize that he has this, I'm going to talk with Mark and we are going to rethink our approach on the right bit for him. I think he prefers the Mylar. I know he doesn't care for the snaffles all that much. Now I know why.
You would think when someone does something like this it would bleed alot, but he says it doesn't. He said that because it is a pressure cut in closes off the blood vessels so it bleeds very little.
Poor Trax....I hate those people! Hates Them! No wonder he bucked them off all the time!
On the bright side, all the horses were so good for their shots and having their teeth looked at. Danny is the only one who didn't like having his mouth messed with. The rest of them were fantastic. I was so proud of all my ponies.
UPDATE: I'm going to totally honest here, even though the vet spent a good amount of time assuring me that I didn't do this, I think I must have aggravated the issue. There were times, especially early on where he was so hard headed and seriously ran off with me and I'm sure I had a death grip on his mouth. I am seriously just sick about it. He told me that it is bothering me way more than it is him, but I'm not sure I believe him.