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post #1 of 13 Old 12-19-2013, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Got some surprising news about Max's age

Here I am thinking he's around about 12 or so, given that he was advertised as 4 when I bought him 7 years ago. Had the vet out to do our yearly teeth float and jokingly asked him to age Max via teeth (this guy is very smart, and I trust his knowledge)

He aged him at 18, at least! Bit of a shocker for me. I feel as though a few years have been snatched from us. I'm not letting it get me down though, this horse has enough life in him to fuel 3 others, we have a lot of journey left yet. It's nice to have a more accurate guess for care down the road though. And that would explain the minor arthritis development over the past year.

That also means that all those times where I blamed his spazy Arab-ness on being young, he was just being a spazy Arab. Silly horses.

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-19-2013, 11:37 AM
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Aww, I bet that was surprising! My very first horse was 11 years old. For about 3 days, anyway, until she colicked and the vet aged her at 22 ;)
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post #3 of 13 Old 12-19-2013, 11:41 AM
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Don't always believe you horses mouth. My vet said by the look of my mares mouth she was 12 but really we have papers saying she is 8. Also my lead mares mouth looks younger then she actually is. I all depends some wear differently.
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-19-2013, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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He's always had really great teeth and never any health issues. Vet could be off, but he showed me a grooved out cup on an upper molar, something that happens nearing the 20's, receding gum line, and I've never been able to see his Gavelynes groove as it's super duper faint, but he pointed it out to me and once I could see it even that lined up with about 18 or so.

He's apparently registered somewhere in the world, but I just want to enjoy him and as long as I have a roundabout age to go off of as far as care goes down the years, I'm not worried. Just still trying to wrap my head around it as he will always be young in my eyes.
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-19-2013, 12:20 PM
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I had the same thing with Sky.. they think he's 15 when he was told to be around 12. For me, I'm just going to stick with what I know and keep caring for him appropriately.

There are still plenty of years left in them :)
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-19-2013, 12:28 PM
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OP he is an arab they tend to live longer lives and remain active well into their 20's. Even if he is 18 he has years to go before he will slow down .
I dont put much faith in telling a horses age by their teeth.
The equine dentist told me my 17 YO stallion was 10 and a 22 YO mare was 15. Not saying that they cant be accurate but it is an educated guess at best.
The Dentist was correct on the other 4 though. Shalom
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-19-2013, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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True. I will likely never know the truth.

I'm definitely not worried about his length of life- quite confident he will live well into a ripe old age. I like Arabs and their longevity. This one has enough spunk to last many lifetimes ;)

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post #8 of 13 Old 12-19-2013, 01:50 PM
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Same thing happened to me. I bought a horse that was advertised as being 12-15 and when my vet floated her teeth, he said she was at least 24!

I was soooo upset and felt like I had lost 10 years of her life. But then my friend had to put down her 5 year old horse due to colic and i realized that age doesn't really matter.

My girl does NOT act 26. When I tell people that, they look at me like i am crazy. Since the PPE vet told me 12-15 and my vet says 24-26, I split the difference and think of her as 18. :)

It really doesn't matter. She is a great horse that always keeps me on my toes. She shows no signs of slowing down and is as healthy...as a horse. LOL
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There are many outside factors that can influence the health and wear of the teeth, and thus make any guesstimate of age just that, a guess. My dad's horse wasn't registered, was a morgan cross of some sort, my godsister had owned him most of his life, then we got him. When he finally colicked and died, the vet looked at his teeth, and said best guesstimate was that he was on the older side of 35+, based on the extreme wear of his teeth, and other factors, but the vet couldn't give us a definitive age. I've had people say that he couldn't be 35, because he wouldn't have any teeth left, they'd be completely worn down, etc etc. So take it with a grain of salt. It will maybe give you a better age range, but it's almost impossible to be 100% sure based on teeth. That being said, my dad's horse at over 35 (I don't doubt he was probably that old), was still jumping really small stuff, but jumping, and barrel racing, and probably would have gone on for another 10 years if he hadn't colicked. He was pitch black when he was born, with just a couple white hairs on his forehead, when he died, he was completely speckled with white, looked almost like he had socks, face was very speckled, and that much grey, took years to occur lol. If you didn't know he was the same horse, you wouldn't think he was. It was amazing. I really wish I had pictures to show.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-26-2013, 08:26 PM
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Wow, that would break my heart. I'm glad you're handling it so beautifully :)

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