The Age of a Horse

The Age of a Horse

Found in the March 23, 1909 edition of The Sackville Post

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 eight weeks, two more will come,
Eight months the corners cut the gum.

The outside grooves will disappear,
From middle two in just one year.
In two years from the second pair,
In three years "corners" too are bare.

At two the middle "nippers" drop,
At three the second pair can't stop.
When four years old the third pair goes,
At five a full new set he shows.

The deep dark spots will pass from view,
At six years from the middle two.
The second pair at seven years,
At eight the spot each corner clears.

From middle "nippers" upper jaw,
At nine the black spots will withdraw.
The second pair at ten are bright,
Eleven finds the corners clear.

As time goes on the horsemen know,
The oval teeth three-sided grow;
The longer get - project - before
Till twenty when we know no more.

Riding on hill

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