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  • Why does my pony have shorter teeth on top?
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    11-08-2013, 03:24 PM
  #1
Foal
How can I find out how old my pony is?

Hi sorry if I have posted in the wrong section, I'm new here.

I have owned my pony for 8 weeks and was told he was around 15 years old.

I had the dentist out to check his teeth but he said they didn't need any work. Few weeks on I find him Quidding (a habit in which a horse stores a bolus of food in the side of its mouth, or drops food after a few bites) A horse at our farm had done the same but after getting his teeth done he stopped.

So this week I decided to get another dentist just to double check, again he said he doesn't need any work due to his age was nothing he could do.

I asked how old he was and he told me around 28years!!

The dentist before aged him around 18 years but that's what I estimated so maybe he was just agree with me?

Is there any other way you can find a horse age? That's two top dentists in my area and both very different estimates.

If anyone could give me some advice on getting my pony's age checked as accurate as possible.

Thanks for reading
Loren
     
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    11-08-2013, 03:44 PM
  #2
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Here's a link to some aging tips:
Galvayne's Groove In Horses: Photos

The Galvayne's Groove isn't entirely accurate, but it's pretty close. There are also other 'clues' to look for [including angle of the teeth, etc] but, I think, for a horse between 15 and 30, that groove is possibly going to be the most easy to spot.

If you can get some pictures of his teeth, there are people on this board who are pretty adept at guessing ages based on teeth pictures. :)

However, nothing about teeth is "fool proof". For instance, my 28 [29 in Feb] mare has absolutely no groove anymore and her teeth, angle-wise, are still quite upright. However, they are adult teeth, albeit short - due to age, which, combined with the fact that she used to have a groove, all would confirm her age if I didn't know. But, to someone who wasn't experienced with teeth, she might appear to be younger...or older, than she really is!
     
    11-08-2013, 06:32 PM
  #3
Trained
I don't know that much about teeth, but I thought that after the age of about 18yo it's hard to be very accurate about age, and it depends also on diet & health as to what a horse's teeth may be like by that age.

Did you ask the dentists why they thought what they did? Why the horse is quidding if his teeth are OK? When they'd need checking again? Old horses can need more frequent dental work & if he is really old, it could be a loose molar that's the problem.
     
    11-09-2013, 01:04 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Did you ask the dentists why they thought what they did? Why the horse is quidding if his teeth are OK? When they'd need checking again? Old horses can need more frequent dental work & if he is really old, it could be a loose molar that's the problem.
Hi Loosie, thanks for your reply.

The dentist said that his teeth had been looked after, but, due to his age they are short (worn down). His back teeth on both sides, one tooth is shorter then the rest is why he can't chew his hay.
     
    11-09-2013, 01:11 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Wallaby    
Here's a link to some aging tips:
Galvayne's Groove In Horses: Photos

The Galvayne's Groove isn't entirely accurate, but it's pretty close. There are also other 'clues' to look for [including angle of the teeth, etc] but, I think, for a horse between 15 and 30, that groove is possibly going to be the most easy to spot.

If you can get some pictures of his teeth, there are people on this board who are pretty adept at guessing ages based on teeth pictures. :)

However, nothing about teeth is "fool proof". For instance, my 28 [29 in Feb] mare has absolutely no groove anymore and her teeth, angle-wise, are still quite upright. However, they are adult teeth, albeit short - due to age, which, combined with the fact that she used to have a groove, all would confirm her age if I didn't know. But, to someone who wasn't experienced with teeth, she might appear to be younger...or older, than she really is!
Thanks for you reply Wallaby, I have a picture taken today, his teeth are really brown I think it shows in the picture.


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