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post #1 of 19 Old 02-13-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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How to tell the true age of a Belgian Draft Horse?

I just recently bought my first horse a Belgian Draft Horse. I was told he was eight years old but, he did not have any papers so I could not get a guarantee that he really was eight. I was just wondering because he is Sorrel colored and where his brown is he has little random patches of white like little white circles randomly on his body especially on his rear end. And neck area? Is that normal in a sorrel colored horse or could he be graying because of age? Is there any way to accurately tell how old he is without having an expert examine him? I just don't want to be over riding him or anything if he is older and needs special care.
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Horses that are old show their age just like dogs that are old. Mainly, they'll start to gray around the muzzle and be harder to keep weight on (generally).

Do you have pics of the round spots? It sounds like they are scars, to be honest. Was he driven before you got him? The placement of the spots sounds almost like harness/rein-associated scars to me. Pics would help immensely.

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Umm idk if any of my pictures will show it but I have a video where you can actually see them on him.
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That works.

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uploading the video and some pics now to my flickr account you can see the spots in the video pretty good
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The fact that the two spots on his butt are almost mirror images of each other makes me think that they are most likely scars where the hair has grown back white/lighter. Looks like he was driven and the reins rubbed right there (similar to saddle sores).

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hmm ok well he has a few more on his back like right behind the girl riding him and he has some more random gray throughout him but like I said this is my first horse that I personally own so I didnt know how normal it was and I'm going to have to take some good up close pictures of him. I just have to get some batteries for my camera.
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Honestly, I still say they are probably harness sores or old scars. Especially if they look like the ones on his bum.

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DSCN3467 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! in this one you can see about three of them towards his rear.
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