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post #1 of 5 Old 09-14-2012, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone able to tell age by teeth?

Hi there---

I was curious if anyone was able to give me a guesstimate of my mare's age by her teeth. I can see the teeny tiny itty bitty tips of where her canines are going to poke through but they are still too far hidden under gums to get a worthwhile photo. I was told she was about to turn you think based off these [bad] pictures that information is correct? I am clueless about this stuff so any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-15-2012, 05:57 AM
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I'm not very good but the angle and such looks about right to me, if you're going off her being around four? I don't know.

She doesn't have a Galvayne's groove which would indicates she's under 10.

A good way of telling it to see if she still has "cups" in her front teeth (ie. indented as opposed to smooth. Depending on which teeth are smooth (if any) you can guess her age a bit more accurately.

I don't know much though. I only learned what I could so I could have a vague idea when going horse shopping! Which is good - a horse I saw was advertised as an 11 year old but teeth appeared to be 20ish!
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-15-2012, 06:16 AM
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I'm no expert, but i'd say between 5-7 years :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-15-2012, 11:19 AM
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NRML, I'm not going to post the whole thing on here, but there exists a verse that teaches you very nicely how to tell the age of a horse. The second verse goes like this: The dark cups nearly dissapear from the middle two in just one year,
In Two years, from the second pair; in 3 the corners too are bare.
At 2 the middle nippers nippers drop; at 3 the second pair can't stop.
When 4 years old the third pair goes; at 5 a full ne set he shows. The deep black spots willl pass from view; at 6 years form the middle two.
It was written by OR Gleason and modified by Dale Jeffrey.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-15-2012, 01:09 PM
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The lateral incisor appears to be a baby tooth, which is usually lost at 4 1/2. Can't tell for sure without a picture of the cups, but I'd feel pretty confident that this is a 4year old.
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