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    12-19-2008, 10:44 PM
Just wanted to say thanks again.. ill try to get somebody to come down and help me.. I can't do it by myself! But thanks all for trying...
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    12-19-2008, 11:02 PM
Originally Posted by Appyt    
Aren't those the canines? I know the pic is pretty fuzzy but the wolf teeth are way back directly in front of the molars. I don't think that's a wolf tooth.
Ya, you could be right... I think you are... the photo was quite blurry... excuses, excuses... I didn't pay close enough attention.
However, in the link , I think they are showing the wolf teeth actually too far back... (trying to defend my brain-hiccup...)
    12-19-2008, 11:05 PM
Appylover, the canines stay. If they get very long they need to be rasped down by the dentist.
    12-19-2008, 11:27 PM
Also... a part of his lip looks like it was cut off or something.. its the bottom lip ill get a pic of.. I mean its not bleeding its healed ot whatever I just always wondered bou tit
    12-19-2008, 11:43 PM
I think your horse is over 20. See that groove on the teeth? That appears at the gum line at around 10, extends half way down the tooth by 15, all the way down at 20, is half way gone at 25 and completely gone at 30. Since it starts at the gum line and goes toward the grinding surface of the tooth, it looks like the groove is less than half way gone from gum line to grinding surface, so he would be over 20 but less 25 as it doesn't seem to be half way gone. Another indicator would be to look at the shape of the grinding surface of the incisor teeth. The shape changes from oval, to triangular and after 20 to rectangular. The tooth that is circled is indeed a canine, indicating that he is a he (male)...most mares do not have them and those that do are typically much smaller than those of their male counterparts.
    12-20-2008, 12:35 AM
Originally Posted by Appyt    
Appylover, the canines stay. If they get very long they need to be rasped down by the dentist.
Gem and Monty have them and I thought they were the wolf teeth and had to be removed, but they don't bother them so I never mentioned it to the dentist.

Glad to know they are canines.

Do all males get canine teeth?

Sorry for hijacking your thread Katie
    12-20-2008, 08:11 AM
You are both right and I stand corrected! They are canines not wolf as I first thought - good catch!!
    12-20-2008, 09:14 AM
Do all males get canine teeth?

I "think" all the boys do. Not common in mares tho.

IRIDEHORSES, It happens. I actually had to go look more than once because I was surprised when you named them wolf.

I do think the canine/wolf names often confuse people about these teeth, plus you rarely see the wolf teeth as they are just in front of the molars. And usually have been removed by age 2 anyway.
    12-23-2008, 01:11 PM
i got better pics!

Ok guiys here is some better pics thanks to the help of a friend. :) hope these help! And thank you all for the help!
    12-23-2008, 01:17 PM
Heres the pics:)
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