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An evaluation of the accuracy of ageing horses by their dentition: can a computer model be accurate?
  1. JD Richardson,
  2. PJ Cripps and
  3. JG Lane
  1. Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford.


The prediction of the age of a horse from its dentition has been widely accepted as an accurate technique, but recent reports have questioned this belief. In this study the dental features of 434 thoroughbreds of known age were documented and a multiple regression equation was calculated from the 13 dental features which had the highest correlation with true age. The accuracy of the ages assessed by a computer model were compared with the ages estimated by experienced equine clinicians. There was little difference between the accuracy of the computer model and the human observers, and neither method provided an acceptable level of accuracy for ageing horses from their dentition.

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