THE AGE OF A HORSE
Circa 1900 farm magazine
To tell the age of a horse
Inspect the lower jaw, of course.
The six front teeth the tale will tell,
And every doubt and fear dispel,
The middle "nippers" you behold
Before the colt is 2 weeks old;
Before 8 weeks two more will come;
Eight months, the "corners" cut the gum.
The outside grooves will disappear
From middle two in just a year;
In 2 years from the second pair;
In 3 the "corners", too, are bare.
At 2, the middle "nippers" drop;
At 3, the second pair can't stop;
When 4 years old, the third pair 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 7 years;
At 8, the spot each "corner" clears.
From middle "nippers" upper jaw,
At 9 the black spots will withdraw.
The second pair at 10 are white;
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 know no more!