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Do horses have canine teeth?

Alexandra Farfaras, Staff Writer

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Horses do have canine teeth just like people.  These hooked, dog-like looking teeth, also known as tushes, were originally used by horses for fighting, so it is not a total surprise that these teeth are bigger and occur more commonly in geldings and stallions than in mares.  Actually, canine teeth erupt in 100% of geldings and stallions but only in 25% of mares. These teeth erupt when the horse is 4 to 5 years old.  Some people believe that even now, they can cause damage when a horse bites another however they have no use in the cropping or grinding of food!

 

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