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post #1 of 17 Old 09-20-2013, 03:08 AM Thread Starter
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Question can yoy tell a horse's age by its teeth?

im trying to find out twitches age i know he is thin he was bad skinny when we got him a month and a half ago you can check out my post in horse journal to see his progress





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post #2 of 17 Old 09-20-2013, 03:36 AM
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I can't see the pictures as I am at work, but yes you can get a good estimate on a horse's age by their teeth.
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post #3 of 17 Old 09-20-2013, 04:41 AM
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You can get a rough estimate by their teeth, yes.

But the photos you provided don't show much, apart from that he is young.

To get a more accurate reading, you need a shot of them from the side, and from above, if you can get him to open his mouth. Here's a great reference sheet as an example.

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post #4 of 17 Old 09-20-2013, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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ill try to get better ones

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Looks pretty young, but I can't tell if the corner incisor is permanent or not from the photos. It looks like all 4 central incisors are permanent and in wear, so if the outside incisors are still a baby teeth, then he'd be ~4 to 4 1/2, if all the incisors are permanent and in wear then he be at least a year older.
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-20-2013, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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i know he is less than 2 he just dropped his testicals about a week or two ago and its curvy likee the one year old in the picture and most people i know even my vet says they drop 6-10 months on average this horse is so confusing even my vet can't pinpoint his age by his teeth and she is normally pretty good

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cant really judge wear also he is a rescue and was eating anything he could find where he was ive even caught him trying to pull the sheet metal off the last barn they were at

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i will try to get better pictures he is really good about it me in his mouth i was just fighting with my phone camera ill get a friend to help later or tomorrow

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post #9 of 17 Old 09-20-2013, 04:02 PM
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So did his old owner not know how old he was? Or can you just not get them to tell you/don't trust them to tell you the truth?

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post #10 of 17 Old 09-20-2013, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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i don't trust im to tell the truth he said twitch is 1.6 and sadly they were riding him but he also said a bunch of other stuff i knew was not true like he was getting 6 scoops of food twice a day had just had is feet done and he had been wormed and all that i found out to not be true i think he is younger when i bought him i got him as a gelding i didn't know he just hadent dropped yet and when the vet came out she said he was 3! due to the wear on his teet when she found out he hadent dropped yet she changed it to 6 -10 months but even she was confused and he just dropped so we don't know what to think someone said he was two due to his tail and i've been giving everything between 6 months and 2 years

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