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post #1 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Age determination with teeth

So I am wondering if you think that Belle has already reached that 20 year old mark? I have no idea what her real age is. The estimate two years ago was 15 years old then, making her 17 now. Do you think she is older? It has been almost a year since her last float.



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post #2 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 11:43 PM
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Need a better side view and the top/flat grinding part of her teeth as well
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yep show us the biting surfaces. Your horse may be slightly younger than estimated according to her teeth.

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Let me know if this picture is good enough to tell you anything....

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I can't honestly tell for sure from the angle on the picture of the surface area. I suppose it could be 20, but I can't say for sure. From the first photo the left top tooth is developing a hook on the back from lack of surface contact on the bottom. It's not uncommon and treatable when they get floated.

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I can't honestly tell for sure from the angle on the picture of the surface area. I suppose it could be 20, but I can't say for sure. From the first photo the left top tooth is developing a hook on the back from lack of surface contact on the bottom. It's not uncommon and treatable when they get floated.
Yeah, I saw the hook....she is due this month for her float. I wasn't expecting to see the three different dark spots on each tooth....so I don't know what to look for. Maybe I can try and get a better picture tomorrow. Thanks!
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Hooks on the corner incisors are not generally indicative of a problem. As the horse ages, the tooth angle will change and hooks will develop and go away over the years because of those changes. There is the well known 7 yo and 11 yo hooks and I have noticed them again at about 14-15 as well.

Try to get a shot of the upper and lower biting surfaces as they don't always match up and we can try to correlate.

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Along with clear pictures of the biting surfaces of top and bottom teeth, a better pic of her upper corner incisors would help, so we can see if there is anything left of the galvayne's groove.

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In general, the Galvayne's groove:
  • First appears at the gum line in horses about 10 years of age. Each year, the groove will extend a little farther down the tooth.
  • It is expected to be about halfway down the tooth at 15 years of age, and all the way down (visible from top to bottom) at 20 years of age.
  • After 20 years of age, the Galvayne's groove begins to disappear from the tooth, starting at the top. By approximately 25 years of age the Galvayne's groove will be gone from the top half of the tooth, but still visible on the bottom half.
  • By the time a horse is 30, it is expected to be gone completely.
Edit:taken from: http://www.equestrianlife.com/mw/Galvayne%27s_groove

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Ok, I think these are some good ones of her worn surfaces.....

Upper....


Lower.....
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Along with clear pictures of the biting surfaces of top and bottom teeth, a better pic of her upper corner incisors would help, so we can see if there is anything left of the galvayne's groove.




But I would especially like to comment on how tolerant this lady is when getting her face all smooshed around with!! She seems to be a saint. She deserves lots of !!
I agree Faydes about how tolerant she is....she is with pretty much anything. Such a good Mamma.

I'll try to get another picture of the incisors too. I'm hoping that the ones I got today of her biting surfaces will be better.
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