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    12-13-2008, 08:59 PM
Telling a Horse's Age

Do any of yall think you could tell a horse's age by photos of the teeth?? I know you can tell a horse's age by their teetch but noone I know knows how to do it and I don't want to pay a vet to see him just for that.. can anybody at least try?? If so what type of pics will I need to get.. I think this horse will be pretty cooperative as long as I can take the pics fast enough lol! But I will be going to the stables tomorrow and I will get the pics then so I need to know what angles and stuff to get! Thanks for any help!
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    12-13-2008, 09:24 PM
There is a thread on this here with a few links that may help you.

I don't know if anyone can help you via pictures but I do know you will need pics of the bottom teeth(top of them) as well as a side shot. How old do you believe the horse to be?
    12-13-2008, 09:24 PM
I'm not sure, but I would think if you got a picture of the teeth, front view with the mouth closed and then a picture of the bottom teeth. Open the mouth and take it looking down on the top.
    12-13-2008, 09:38 PM
Okay, its duke.. and there has been alot of contradicting onhis age.. about two years ago my barn owner and the owner of duke said he was about 11 then about a year later she said 16 so now she says 17.. so we are unsure about his age.. kevin, a guy that rides horses says he isnt over ten but im not sure and I really want to know. Because my parents says he too old to do somethings I want to teach him to do.. I.e. Barrel racing and jumping.. I think he isnt too old for either but I really want to know his age.. even if he is too old I will just take it slow and do it for fun because I would never sell that horse for anything! But ill try to remember to get some pics.. is there any way I can find out his age?? Like what steps should I go through and/or what should I look for? Thanks for you twos help!
    12-13-2008, 10:18 PM
If he's too old to do something he will let you know! As long as he's healthy and happy there's no reason to stop jumping or barrel racing.
    12-13-2008, 10:25 PM
Thanks! That what I am trying to convince my parents with but aint working... if I could have an exact estimate of his age than that will help!
    12-13-2008, 11:07 PM
I believe I read about a 32 year old gelding that was STILL competing in in endurance.

If you're not training to be a 1D barrel racer, then there's no harm in teaching it to him, same thing with jumping. I say go for it!
    12-13-2008, 11:34 PM
Wat id 1d..i don't know all this deep stuff I just know the basics of somethings then the real deep stuff of again for all the help!
    12-14-2008, 12:28 AM
I do believe it's divison 1.. as in like pro barrel racers. They have to be a certain time, but I don't know it.
    12-14-2008, 01:33 AM
Why don't you get the vet to check next time he's out to do shots/check-up?

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