A news clipping was found in my husband’s wallet. He had carried it around with him for years–since 1983. He brought it to me this morning, a very worn and fragile paper, and said that if he ever wanted to buy a horse he would have this to to help him judge the horse’s age. He always believed one should be prepared and have some basic knowledge of these things.
To Tell The Age Of A Horse
To tell the age of any horse
Inspect the lower jaw of course;
The six front teeth the tale will tell
And every doubt and fear dispel.
Two middle “nippers” you behold
Before the colt is two weeks old.
Before 8 weeks two more will come
Eight months the “corners” cut the gum.
The outside grooves will disappear
From the middle two in just a year;
In two years from the second pair;
In three years the “corners” too, are bare.
At two the middle “nippers” drop
At 3 the second pair can’t stop
When 4 years old the third part goes
At 5 a full new set he shows.
The deep black spots will pass from view
At 6 years from the middle two;
The second pair at seven years;
At 8 the spot each “corner” clears.
From the middle “nippers” upper jaw
At 9 the black spots will withdraw.
The second pair at ten are bright;
Eleven finds the “corners” light.
As time goes on the horsemen know
The oval teeth three-sided grow;
They longer get, project before,
Till 20, when we care no more.