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Equine Practice
Ageing horses - an illustrated guide
  1. Jill Richardson

    Jill Richardson qualified from Cambridge University in 1989 and then completed an equine house surgeon position at the University of Liverpool. In 1991 she moved to the University of Bristol as resident in equine ENT surgery and, in the same year, gained her certificate in veterinary radiology. She completed an MSc project on ‘Ageing of horses by dentition’ in 1995 and gained an FRCVS in equine head and neck surgery the same year. She is currently in equine practice in Salisbury.


THE traditionally held view that examination of the teeth provides an accurate estimation of age has recently been brought into question and it is important that the horse-owning public becomes aware that dental criteria can, at best, provide an 'informed guess' of an individual's age. However, despite the inaccuracies of the process, there is no excuse for careless examination of the teeth, and it is advisable that a written record is made of the findings on which age estimation is founded.

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