How To Determine The Age Of A Horse

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. Revelation 19:11

Marks of Age:

“At birth, or within two or three days afterward, the mouth of the foal shows two grinders on each side, above and below—eight altogether. When four front teeth or “ nippers ” have come through, two in each jaw, he is ten or twelve days’ old, and when the next four appear, one upon each side of the others in both jaws, he is nearly a month old. At eight months the corner teeth, that is, the third pair of nippers in each jaw, appear.

  • At one year the central and second pairs of nippers are worn nearly level, and the corner tooth, which is now of the same length as its neighbor, is rapidly becoming so.
  • The two-year-old colt has the mark or kernel—the dark, hard substance in the middle of the crown of the tooth—ground quite out of all the front teeth or nippers. So far the animal has got along with his milk teeth, but now he needs others, larger and firmer and more durable, and nature furnishes him with the permanent set.

During the third year the central nippers are being shed, and by the time it is completed, the permanent pair have become nearly full grown.

  • In the fourth year the same changes occur in the second pair of nippers; and about the time of entering the fifth year, the “tushes” or bridle teeth are in full sight. At the age of five years the mouth is complete.
  • At six the central nippers of the lower jaw are so much worn down that the kernel is obliterated, and the tushes have attained their full growth.
  • At seven a hook has been formed on the corner teeth of the upper jaw, the kernel of the second pair of nippers in the lower jaw is no longer visible, and the tushes plainly show the effects of wear.

At eight years the kernel is worn away from all the nippers of the lower jaw, or in the wholly stable-fed horse has disappeared altogether.

  • During the ninth year, what remains of the kernel in the central pair of nippers in the upper jaw is worn away, the hook on the corner teeth increases in size, and the tushes lose their points.
  • The tenth year witnesses the disappearance of the kernel from the second pair of nippers in the upper jaw, and the eleventh from the corner, also.

At twelve the crowns of all the front teeth in the lower jaw have become triangular, and the tushes are much worn down.

After eight years the horse’s age can not be told with anything more than simply an approximation to accuracy.

After eight or nine years the upper lip begins to contract or shorten, while the under one begins to lengthen and drop down. At fifteen, they are much wrinkled and shriveled. In age the hair over the eyes and upon the forehead turns gray.

  • Between twelve and sixteen a gray horse becomes speckled with innumerable little black spots which increase as long as he lives. At ten years the chin or lower jaw-bone begins to be pointed, its lower edge becoming quite sharp and angular.

This increases from year to year. The skin becomes loose, the flesh shrinks away, causing a hollow or depression. The eyes show age by their loss of brilliancy, the flattening of the ball, and in the deepening of the hollow over them. Wrinkles commence coming under the lid at an early age, and by some are considered more accurate marks of age than even the teeth.”–From a brochure of The Standard Wagon Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. circa: 1880-1890.

  • The lifespan of a horse is generally 25-33 years. The ‘average’ horse weighs 1100 lbs.  ¹
  • A horse 61 years old!! And several more that were 50+ years old. This horse lived to be 46.  ¹
  • Famous horses.  ¹

Adam named the horse: ‘Horse’ is mentioned in the KJV Bible in 188 instances; 170 in the Old Testament and 18 times in the New Testament.