Strange Canines In Horses

These are some strange canines we found in a horse today. These teeth are usually found in male horses only and are found in the inter-dental space between the front nippers and the back cheek teeth.

Most horses have 2 in the upper jaw and 2 in the lower jaw. And in almost every one of them, they are perpendicular to the jaw. This makes sense because their purpose is to bite things – as in weapons. There is no other purpose for them that I have been able to figure out.

So when I saw these forward facing canines in this horse, I needed to take a picture of them. He doesn’t need them as a domesticated horse so there really is no need to do anything about them. Just an interesting finding.

Unusual Forward facing Canines
Unusual Forward facing Canines

Unusual Forward facing Canines
Unusual Forward facing Canines

Almost done on Long Island in New York. Then up to Westchester County and then back to Florida.

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      If you are asking about canines and not blind wolf teeth, then I need to clarify for the readers. A blind wolf tooth is a 1st premolar (number 5’s) that instead of being in a socket, lie horizontal to the bone of the jaw and are encased in fibrous connective tissue. These are usually not painful but many trainers insist on removing them.

      I have not heard the term blind canines. However, canine teeth that never erupt through the skin are common especially in young horses and mares that normally don’t have canines. I leave these alone unless the skin can easily be rubbed over the underlying tooth and the skin broken “erupting” the tooth.

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