Best way to judge a horses age?

'm wondering if there's another way of judging a horses age instead of looking at their teeth? I was mislead by a seller, he said 17 and the vet said 25-30. Could a horse just be born with bad teeth?'m wondering if there's another way of judging a horses age instead of looking at their teeth? I was mislead by a seller, he said 17 and the vet said 25-30. Could a horse just be born with bad teeth?

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:

I’m wondering if there’s another way of judging a horses age instead of looking at their teeth? I was mislead by a seller, he said 17 and the vet said 25-30. Could a horse just be born with bad teeth? The vet said he had wave mouth. I don’t know if this means anything but I don’t see much grey, my other horse has more. I’ve had him a little over a year and he hasn’t gotten more grey.

Wayne,

The best way to estimate your horse’s age is by his teeth. Yes, some horses, like people, are born with bad teeth. Look at the articles I wrote on geriatric horse dentistry and you will get a better understanding of what a wave mouth is. The gray color has no correlation with age.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder

Editor’s note: Dr. Lowder has authored 3 articles on Geriatric Dentistry. Starting with Part 3. At the bottom of Part 3 you will find two links to the earlier articles.