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post #1 of 8 Old 11-18-2012, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Cap teeth

At what age do horses shed their cap teeth.
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-18-2012, 07:15 PM
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I was thinking the same thing, I realized my 5 year old still has hers.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-18-2012, 07:33 PM
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between 3 and 4 usually 5 is a bit of the high normal. You might be able to just pop them off your five year old, if they allow you to monkey with their mouth.
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can horses have problems with shedding these teeth?
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-19-2012, 11:06 AM
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Not generally. If you're worried, and 5 is rather old for them to still be retaining caps, talk with your vet.

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It depends which caps you are talking about. There are a set that do not change until 5yrs old.
My boy retained a cap on one side and the adult tooth grew up behind it pushing it out at a funny angle. The vet just gave it a tug when he had Reeco sedated for Xrays and it came away. The Cap on the other side is showing no progress in falling out but the adult tooth hasnt erupted yet so I'm not worried. Vet said if he still has it at 7 or if the adult tooth grows under it then they will tug it then.

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they are horses they can have problems with anything, and will do so at the least convenient time. I would have your vet check it the next time they are out. As long as your horse is eating, drinking and holding the bit well I would not rush the vet out.
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-19-2012, 11:56 PM
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They look like normal horse teeth to me, try are solid and firm in her mouth...I have a horse that didn't loose his last one till 6.
Is it possible she has lost them without me noticing? The shape reminds me of a younger horses teeth. I have tried and tried to learn the whole teeth and age thing with horses but I don't grasp it :P
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