Even more obvious at this angle. Notice the small area of root becoming exposed in the area above the little wad of grass, up toward the lip attachment.
In this photo, again notice the tooth exposed the full length of the root. Areas of decay of the teeth themselves are also easily seen.
Fitz is on Day 6 of a 10-day course of antibiotics. He is already more comfortable. Naturally, we'll need to make hay available year 'round since he can no longer graze. Is that in itself a big relief to him? He is no longer trying to pull grass with extremely unstable teeth. so it may be.
We don't know what to expect next, but we do believe Fitz, now 27, is past the worst of his problems now.
Big Big Big thanks to Meredith Barlow for researching this very odd issue and to both Meredith and Dr. Tracy Brown for setting our big bay Thoroughbred on the path to better health!