AskHQ: What is a parrot mouth?

Q: What is a parrot mouth?

A severe parrot mouth is seen in the skull of this young horse.

A: Ideally, a horse has an aligned jaw, but in some cases horses have either undershot or overshot jaws. An overshot jaw is referred to as a parrot mouth. In this case the top jaw lies beyond the bottom jaw. This can create issues, because in severe cases the molars do not meet evenly, so additional tooth care is required to ensure that the horse can chew properly.

A much more aligned jaw.