do i have to have them pulled or dose a horse loose them on there own. i have a gelding that still has his wolf teeth when i bought him they said he was 12 years old. should he still have them at that age?
Contrary to what lots of people belief, wolf teeth don't automatically have to be pulled. They are positioned right up against the premolars and should not cause any problem with a bit if the bit is positioned correctly in the mouth.
Adult female horses (mares) usually have 36 teeth. A mare may have up to 40 teeth if she happens to have any canine teeth, which is possible but less common. Adult males have between 40 and 44 teeth. (These figures do not include wolf teeth.)
"Wolf teeth" in horses are teeth that are vestigial premolars. "Vestigial" means something that has lost most or all of its original function through evolution. Wolf teeth are usually just on the upper jaw but are sometimes found on the lower jaw, too. Wolf teeth can be a serious nuisance and most horsemen have them removed. Since wolf teeth typically have poorly developed roots, they are usually quickly and easily removed.
Wolf teeth cannot always be seen. They can remain below the surface of the gum where they are called "unerrupted" or "blind" wolf teeth. However, they can usually be felt as little bumps in the gum. Blind wolf teeth often cause a horse a great deal of soreness in the mouth so they should be removed the same as wolf teeth that have erupted above the gum line. Be careful if you decide to feel for blind wolf teeth in a horse's mouth - a horse may react suddenly and violently if you touch a sore spot on its gum.
I have been told that a bit toughing the teeth is like you chewing on some aluminun foil