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What Is The Difference Between A Horse's Molars and Canines?

A horse's wolf teeth are its first set of premolars and if not removed can cause the horse a considerable amount of pain when a bit is in its mouth. It is best if these teeth are pulled before a horse is 2 years old as the root system is not fully developed. Statistics shows as many as 32% of all horses are born with wolf teeth. This includes both males and females.

The canine teeth are a horse's "fighting teeth" and are generally only present in male horses. These teeth generally erupt between the ages of four and five and typically do not need to be removed. These teeth can range in size from very small to large. If they are large, or are very long, they may interfere with bridling. These teeth, unlike the molar and incisors, do not continue to grow throughout the horse's lifetime, so once they are filed down they should no longer present a bridling problem.

 
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