Presentation on theme: "Horse Aging Using Teeth Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office By: Mr. Tim Savelle, Jennifer Osborne, and Dr. Frank Flanders July 2006."— Presentation transcript:
Horse Aging Using Teeth Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office By: Mr. Tim Savelle, Jennifer Osborne, and Dr. Frank Flanders July 2006
The Importance of Determining the Age of Horses Uses: Validate advertised age when buying Confirming age when racing or showing Feeding for proper nutrition at various life stages
Aging by Teeth An art that requires skill and experience Very old method of aging horses Error increases with horses age Becomes an educated guess after horse is older than 14 years Stabled horses tend to appear younger (less tooth wear) Pastured horses tend to appear older (more tooth wear)
Equine Tooth Structure Horses have 24 temporary teeth and 42 permanent teeth Canines Incisors Wolf Tooth (when present) Mandible Premolars Molars Maxilla
Equine Tooth Structure Age is determined using the 12 front teeth (incisors) Central Incisors (also pincers or nippers) Intermediate Incisors Corner Incisors
Mouthing a Horse for Age In Real Life: Hold the tongue out and to the side with your hand. This restraint provides an unobstructed view and is not painful to the horse.