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post #1 of 5 Old 08-08-2020, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Age

I just recently bought a horse but now I do not think he is as old as I was told. I was told he was 13 years. Can anyone help me? Here are some pictures.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-08-2020, 08:07 PM
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You can't age a horse like you want by showing a picture of the horse wearing a bit...

We need to see the teeth.
Push the lips back and show from the side the teeth how they look touching each other.
Push the lip back and show the teeth from side and front, upper and lower teeth.
Watch your fingers and open the mouth and take a picture of the grinding surface of the teeth upper and lower jaw as clear as you can.
The horse is branded so is registered...did you not get registration papers?
Birth-date is clearly given on those papers...

This link might help you some or get those camera pictures and show them and the teeth gurus will be pretty close to aging correctly.
Aging Horses by Their Teeth

By looks, to me he looks older than 13 with such a drop in his spine is often seen in senior citizens although horses who are not ridden or exercised building proper muscling can get a dropped back too...
Get those teeth pictures and post them so we can help you out.


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Thank you so much. Will do and repost. I'll give that website a look too. Thank you again.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-09-2020, 01:44 AM
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What little can be seen of the teeth show that they are very long. Their teeth continue to grow hence the saying "Never look a gift horse in the mouth"

A horse can be ages fairly accurately until the age of eight. After that there is a certain amount of guesswork.

What I do know is that as they age, some vendors are inclined to knock years off rather than be truthful.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-09-2020, 02:25 PM
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What little can be seen of the teeth show that they are very long. Their teeth continue to grow hence the saying "Never look a gift horse in the mouth"

A horse can be ages fairly accurately until the age of eight. After that there is a certain amount of guesswork.

What I do know is that as they age, some vendors are inclined to knock years off rather than be truthful.

Yes, the vets where I take my horses limit even further, stating they can actually only be fairly accurate to age six or thereabouts and after that itís kind of a crap shoot as to correct age. Iíve been fooled at least twice I can remember. Thought I was getting 10 year olds, and both were over 20...Iím a little more cautious now and always take someone with me who is more knowledgeable than me


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