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post #1 of 6 Old 07-08-2013, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Red face How old are my horses?

Sorry I wasn't very sure on what one to put this under. I recently got two rescues and the age of them is unknown. There is an estimate but I am terrible with teeth. Both of them have only one of the teeth between the back and the front. I can't remember what they are called. There is only one on Cassie on the left bottom, and if I remember correctly two bottom on Blue.


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Sorry for such bad quality. I was out doing this by myself and they didn't really like it too much! I'm hoping to get the vet out soon to do their teeth but I have been curious on their age! So any thought and ways to tell would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully I can get better ones soon.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-08-2013, 09:52 PM
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The second one looks under ten - because I cannot see a Galvayne's groove in his teeth and the angle isn't sharp. If he is under ten about - check which teeth he has because molars come in at different ages.

The first one I can't really tell but it looks like it might be around twelve because there appears to be a start of the Galvayne's groove but the angle still looks mild.

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Ok thank you! I will try and get better one's soon. And I heard that mares don't get the teeth imbetween the front and the way way back ones. Both of them are females so is that bad?
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The teeth you're seeing are probably the canine teeth. Both females and males get them, and they don't need to be removed. They're often mistaken for wolf teeth, which mostly only males get (but occasionally females do as well), and which can cause problems with bitting so are usually removed.



It's hard to tell, but it looks like the teeth of the first horse are less angled than the second, so I'd guess that one's younger. I'd guess both are somewhere around 8-13 years old, but it's really just a shot in the dark The vet should be able to make a better guess when they're looked at.
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The teeth you're seeing are probably the canine teeth. Both females and males get them, and they don't need to be removed. They're often mistaken for wolf teeth, which mostly only males get (but occasionally females do as well), and which can cause problems with bitting so are usually removed.



It's hard to tell, but it looks like the teeth of the first horse are less angled than the second, so I'd guess that one's younger. I'd guess both are somewhere around 8-13 years old, but it's really just a shot in the dark The vet should be able to make a better guess when they're looked at.
Thank you. Is that bad then if they are missing them? And theirs are small and not very long. Their tongues easily cover them. It kind if looks as if they are growing in an angle on Cassie.
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And this is why I Love this Forum. I had no idea what the Galvayne’s groove was. I just spent a good hour on goggle now instead of working. Haha
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