How to age a horse, how to tell the age of a horse
To tell a horses age
or to age a horse as it is called, we look at its teeth.
Because a horses
lifestyle means it is almost continually grazing its teeth naturally
grow continually and are worn down. Because of this the horses teeth
gradually change throughout his life which allows us to tell its
Ageing a horse by
looking at his teeth is very accurate up to the age of eight and
after that it is only the approximate age.
The adult horse has
40 teeth, which consists of 24 molars, twelve incisors and male
horses have four tusks. Sometimes the horse may also have four wolf
One year – the horse
has six new milk teeth in each jaw.
Two years – the horse
has a complete set of milk teeth which are now worn.
Three years – the two
centre milk teeth are replaced by permanent teeth.
Four years – the next
two milk teeth are replaced by permanent teeth.
Five years – the two
corner milk teeth are replaced by permanent teeth.
Six years – The
corner incisors are in wear and you have the dental star present on
the centre incisors.
Seven years – You
have a small hook appear on the top corner incisors.
Eight years – The
hook and the black hollow centres on the teeth have both
This is where ageing
becomes slightly less accurate.
Ten years – This is
where the galvaynes groove appears on the top of the corner incisors
and begins to grow downwards.
Thirteen – This is
where a hook appears which very similar to the one which appears
when the horse was seven.
Fifteen – By now the
galvaynes groove has reached half way down the teeth.
Twenty – The
galvaynes groove has reached the bottom of the teeth.
Twenty five – The galvaynes groove has
disappeared from the top half of the teeth.