Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Mustang Dentistry

Horses' teeth are often used to estimate the animal's age, hence the sayings "long in the tooth" and "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth".

Common ages for tooth eruption / Type of tooth / Number / Deciduous / Permanent

Incisor First (central) birth to 8 days 2.5 yrs
Incisor Second (intermediate) 4.5-6 weeks 3.5-4 yrs
Incisor Third (corner) 6-9 months 4.5-5 yrs
Canine Absent 3.5-5 yrs, some around 6 yrs (if ever)
Premolar First (wolf) Absent 6 months to 3 years (if ever)
Premolar Second birth to 2 weeks 2-3 yrs
Premolar Third birth to 2 weeks 2.5-3 yrs
Premolar Fourth birth to 2 weeks 3-4 yrs
Molar First Absent 9-12 months
Molar Second Absent 2 yrs
Molar Third Absent 3-4 yrs

So, as you may have guessed, Augustus lost his first "baby" tooth and the permanent one is coming in. I have searched far and wide through the pasture looking for the tooth, but unfortunately it is nowhere to be found. I can only hope that I am somewhere close when he loses his second one. If you visit Shiloh in the next few weeks, and hear a whistle, it is probably my horse saying hello. :)


Kara said...

My mustang is 4yrs old. Last summer, he lost a tooth right in front of me. I was letting him graze on the lawn with a halter and leadrope. He was chewing very happily, ripping grass. Suddenly, he pulled his head up a bit, started chewing really funny, like he had something hard in his mouth, then he spit out a tooth! It was really cool!

Breathe said...

At least you know what he wants for Christmas... :)