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    09-18-2010, 06:47 PM
Question how it age a horse

When I got Jack a month ago, he was sold at auction as a weanlean. He was very mal-nourished, so he look about the right size for a 6 month old. Didn't think to have doc give me his opnion on age when we were in. Now that he has put on weight, I can tell he is much older than 6 months, but how do I tell how old he is? I've looked at his teeth ( as much a he'll let me) and can find no molers. He was also sold a as gelding, but 2 weeks after we brought him home, one dropped, but only one and depending if it's chilly out or not, it goes up and down. We're going in the end of Oct. To be gelded, but would like to try to pin down his age a little closer before then
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    09-18-2010, 08:08 PM
How much older do you think he is? Your best way of telling up to one year is to look at the incisors (front teeth), especially the corner ones.

Between 6-10 months the deciduous ("baby teeth") front incisors are fully exposed. The corner incisors are erupted but not touching each other yet. Since he won't really let you in there I don't know if you'll be able to see the top surfaces of the teeth so I'll skip that description. If you think you can see the surfaces, let us know and I'll give you a better explanation.

At one year all incisors should be fully exposed and the corners should be partially to fully in contact.

If you can get a pic both front-on and in profile of the teeth, I could probably get you aged within a few months. Good luck with your new guy!
    09-20-2010, 11:17 AM
This is proving harder than I had planned on, going to have to enlist the help of more hands
    09-20-2010, 10:37 PM
Lol, on top of that, horses are extremely individuals about their teeth and really there are only "guidelines"- once the horse is over 5 it's really hard to get an exact age on them. You at least know he's not over 2 though so you have a ball park!
    09-21-2010, 11:19 AM
I got a better look this morning, before it started downpouring on us. Top, looks like top 4 are all the way down, and the next ones out are just clearing the gum line. Told the hubby he's got to help me take pics of Jacks teeth tonight and I got the weirdest look from him!! LOL
    09-21-2010, 05:21 PM
Lol, my husband isn't remotely horse savvy but I'm working on him! He's better than my parents who came to visit this weekend and were out in the barn loving on a big chestnut appendix giving him treats and calling him my horse's name. My horse is a dark bay TB and a full hand taller than the chestnut. They've met my horse before but to them, they all look the same!

It sounds like he is in that 6-10 month range if the corners are just erupted but not yet in contact. Hopefully all goes well with hubby and pics and we can help you get a tighter range on his age!

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