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    12-08-2008, 08:36 PM
baby to adult teeth

He will be three in May '09. Been noticing a little "smudge" of blood on the white of his pasture mate. These two guys are pretty close, lippy with each other often. No great amount of blood. Looked at his incissors the other day and had lost one up front and the adult tooth was coming thru. Looked again today because the smudges are continuing. The other front incissor is gone and here comes the adult tooth.

I am believing that the raw gum is from the transition, it is the source of the blood. They are on free choice mixed grass round bale, prepared ration morning and evening, and a big flake of good bermuda in the evening. No appetite/weight problems. The round bale they are in now has some pretty "course" spots in it. The spot on his gum is not overly tender, he will let me touch it, rub the food / blood off it.

Please tell me if I am wrong, I believe everything is as it should be, never have had one this age and the teeth deal. Both the kids are well past the "tooth losing" stage, I promise it has been much easier with the horse. Do I need to go put a quarter under his pillow?

Any insights would be greatly appreciated, Jim.
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    12-09-2008, 07:22 AM
They should be just fine, all I have ever really owned horse wise has been from weanlings so I get to go through the tooth loosing experience with most of mine. I have never had one go off of feed and lose noticeable weight while loosing teeth, but I have noticed that they may chew funny/eat less grass since they have to bite it off compared to eating hay. Just make sure he has plenty of hay to eat and that he is continuing to eat and they should be just fine.
The most fun part is when they loose a molar in their feed wonder what the thing is in their pan when they are done eating and then you pick it up. Needless to say I have almost a full set of horse baby teeth in the barn. Everyone who sees them just have to pick them up and look at them and then they wonder how I got them, I just say they were *gifts* to me for feeding them!
    12-11-2008, 03:04 PM
When do their milk teeth fall out
    12-11-2008, 03:45 PM
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Sounds about normal. He should be fine.
    12-13-2008, 04:40 AM
Milk teeth fall out at 2.5 y/o, 3.5 y/o, and 4.5 y/o. The two in the center on the top and bottom go first and then they move out from there. I have had horses as young as 2 loose teeth and some as old as almost 3.5 before the first set fell out. I have a mare who did not loose the last set until this winter, at 5.5 years old. I thought this was really odd but my vet said it was normal in some horses who may have not had the best nutrition when they were younger. I got her as a skinny weanling so that is probably why they are falling out late.

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