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post #1 of 10 Old 05-25-2020, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all, I am new to owning horses and bought a horse I was told was 8-9. I asked on a Facebook community because I wasn’t sure how correct this was and got a wide range of answers from 8-25 along with rude comments about how I should know better. I was hoping this group would give me some advice without judging me for not knowing the difference in age. I know my pictures aren’t great either but she isn’t one to hold still for pictures very long! Thanks for any advice!
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-25-2020, 04:26 PM
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Hi there :)

I'm no expert, but I would say he's a bit older than 8-9, as a horse ages teeth get longer and the angle increases. I can't really see the angle of teeth from your photos, but teeth seem quite long. but I would say around 15. Once again, not an expert at all, a vet would be able to tell you more accurately!

I found some pictures just by googling "age of horse by teeth".

https://www.ecosia.org/images/?q=age...64396C4BD33FDE

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post #3 of 10 Old 05-25-2020, 05:17 PM
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I am sorry but someone lied to you big time, regarding your horse’s age:(:(

Cursor down this link to where it discusses “Galvayne’s Groove.

Aging Horses by Their Teeth

Galvayne’s Groove is the best way to judge age, although it could be off a few years.

Your horse is pretty likely to be in its early 20’s, or at best 15 years at the minimum:(

The horse appears to have had good care. What’s the backstory you were given and did the horse come from a dealer or a rescue?
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-25-2020, 06:07 PM
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I'd say between 15 an 17 years old. Looking at surface of teeth that is visible.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-25-2020, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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I got her from an individual who claimed the vet just aged her as 9 and had papers that said that she was 9, but it was on her coggins test that she was 9. Otherwise I really have no history. She had her for several years and just kept her in a pasture, never got around to using her. The owner prior had her broke and rode her all the time. That’s all I got. I want her for causal riding but I don’t want to strain her if she’s too old to be riding.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-25-2020, 08:30 PM
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I wouldn’t believe the age on the Coggins as a person can insist the vet put anything on thee regarding age:)

She’s is not too old for riding, provided she is in good health:):).

My two Arab/Crosses were 25 & 27 when they went on their last 25-30 mile ride:)

Are you able to get a vet out to give her a physical and maybe do some blood work? Once you know “about” how healthy the vet says she is and “about” how old she might be, the vet can give you some guidance as to building up her riding stamina:)
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Yes I was planning on making an appointment this week to get her checked out and get a better idea in age and health. Thanks for the input!
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-26-2020, 12:00 AM
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I'm thinking the previous owner told you about right, maybe closer to the 8 year old mark or even a tad younger. There are still dental cups visible in the first picture. The teeth are still pretty vertical. It looks like the horse is either just getting or just losing it's 7 year old hook. And I'm not seeing a Galvayne's Groove.

I'll be interested to hear what your vet thinks. If you know any horse traders they are the best at aging a horse by it's teeth (and their not going to lie if they have no stake in it - wouldn't trust them to tell me the right age of one of their horses they were trying to sell) .
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-27-2020, 02:09 PM
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I don't see the groove either, but it has been years since I really studied the teeth and need to refresh myself. I would say younger as well... very interested in what the vet has to say.

Here's a resource I found that I'll be reading up with later!

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_he...ging-horse.pdf
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-27-2020, 07:58 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

Yeah, I'm thinking younger too actually. But again, far from any kind of expert... So OP, don't forget to update us once you get the vet. Whether you get the vet to do it or a specific Equine Dentist, horses need their teeth seen to on av. yearly, and you could also send these pics to a dentist & ask their opinion.

And it's off topic, but in case you aren't experienced with training/riding either, if you've bought a horse without even seeing it be ridden(assuming) & that has not been ridden for years & owner only knows she was broken & ridden by a previous owner... beware! You have no idea of the training, the problems there may have been, the associations... I'd 'restart' this horse under saddle from scratch, which means, if you're not experienced with this yourself, employing a trainer. Once it's ascertained the horse is trained well enough for you, then I'd get some lessons from said trainer, before you 'go it alone'.
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