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We wanted to write a short little article about Horse Teeth Age Chart, but as we were researching, we realized there was more to discuss than we thought! As it turns out, and there’s a lot going on in your horse’s mouth. In Part 1, we’ll introduce you to the anatomy of a horse’s mouth, and what’s going on with those teeth. In Part 2, we’ll discuss why your horse requires routine dental and work to maintain health and wellness.
OK, so here we go. Your horse’s teeth, starting from the beginning.
By the time a horse is 2 weeks old, it has 16 baby teeth. It is important for them to be examined early on. If a horse is born with an underbite and overbite, it could create challenges while nursing, or lead to a lifetime of dental abnormalities.
A horse’s teeth at 1 year of age
By 9 months of age, a horse will have all 24 baby teeth in place. Most horses will also have 2 wolf teeth and the first set of permanent molars coming in at this age.
Between 2 to 3 1/2 years of age
Between 2 to 3 1/2 years of age, a horse will be replacing most of his baby teeth with permanent teeth, and growing in additional permanent adult molars. In a span of 1 1/2 years, a horse will have grown in up to 24 permanent teeth.
As you can see, there’s a lot of changes going on in your young horse’s mouth. If you notice them being fussy, unwilling, or uncomfortable, take a peak in their mouth and see what’s going on. Like in human infants and having new teeth come in can feel unpleasant or painful.
A horse will lose all of his baby teeth by about 5 years old
A horse will lose all of his baby teeth by about 5 years old. Think about that next time you’re training and bitting young horses – they still have baby teeth and new teeth coming in! By 6 years old, all 36-40 of the permanent teeth are in position and in use.
An adult horse’s teeth are hypsodonts (long teeth). The horse’s lifetime can take advantage of the teeth that are below the gum’s surface and will appear and emerge. Chewing coarse forage wears down the horse’s tooth and a new one will grow to replace it. A horse’s teeth are about 4 inches long, with most of the tooth hidden below the surface of the gums. By considering the average wearing down and replacement of tooth material, experts have calculated that horses have about 25 years of use out of their adult teeth. As the tooth begins to run out, senior horses become prone to dental problems such as gum disease, diseased roots, fractured teeth, or loose teeth.