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Ageing Arab horses by their dentition
  1. S. Muylle, DVM1,
  2. P. Simoens, DVM, PhD1,
  3. H. Lauwers, DVM, PhD1 and
  4. G. Van Loon, DVM2
  1. 1 Department of Morphology
  2. 2 Department of Internal Diseases of Domestic Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, RUG, Salisburylaan 133, B-9820 Merelbeke, Belgium


The dentition of 170 Arab horses of known ages was examined and compared with the dental characteristics of trotter horses and Belgian draft horses of the same ages. The results indicated that inaccuracies in the determination of the age of horses by their dentition may result, at least partly, from differences between the breeds of horse involved because there were some major differences between the three breeds examined. These differences increased as the horses' true age increased. In general, the rate of dental wear was slower in the Arab horses than in trotter horses and Belgian draft horses.

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