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DEVELOPMENT OF A HORSES TEETH. N The horse has two sets of teeth. The milk teeth are temporary, and are the ones which the colt sheds, while those that come in or remain without being shed are called the permanent teeth. The cutting of the teeth in the foal varies some, but at or within nine days after birth the fojil has four front teeth, two in the center aliove the- two below and in the back part of the month he is found to have twelve niolars. three on each side of Ihe jaw; at from seven to nine weeks he gets four more incisors in each jaw; at nine months old, he gets the last of his milk or temporary teeth, these being the four corner teeth, two in the upper and two in the lower jaw. Now he has his full set of uiijk or temporary teeth, consisting of tw Ive molars or grinders and twelve iucisors or froiit teeth, six aliove aiul six below, making twenty-four teeth in all. As the eolt advances in age he must shed all tin s . Athtl this age the colt omniomvs getting his permanent teeth. At one year old In g. ts four permanent molars, two in each jaw, one on each side behind the three tem|Mjrary ones. At two years old . he g ts four more permanent molars, one on each side of each jaw. When the age of two years and nine months has been reached he sheds the four front nipjiers or center teeth, two above and two below, which are replaced by two permanent incisors in each jaw and at the age of three years these four permanent incisors are up in wear. At this age the first eight temporary molars are shed, two on each side of each jaw, and are replaced by eight perma nent molars, which are also up, mid at three yeais and nine months old he sheds four more front teeth next to the ones shed at three years old. two above and I wo 1m low. These are replaced by four more permanent incisors, or front teeth, which are known as the lateral incisors, which arc up in wear al four years old. . Also at this age lie sheds the four remaining temporary molars, which are replace*1 by four more permanent niolars at the back of the mouth.. Thus, ai an age of four years, tin eolt has a lull set of permanent molars, consisting of six on each side of each jaw. making twcnt four in all. This Is the hardest ear on the colt. At four years and nine months old h sheds the four Tenia iniug tempor.-ny incisors or fronl teeth, which are replaced by four i ciiuanenl in. -isors. These arc known as comer te.lli. and should be up and in wear at live .e.its ,.ld. It is will to be come familiar with Ihe time the colt sheds his differ nt leclh. for s times the aps of shells of Ihe l.olh do not taM oil when tiny should. These should In- walche.l. for if they do not fall off when they should, they greatly interfere with the animals feeding. Mini should have the attention of some goo|l yelel in;u y dentist.. At five years of age th«» canine or bridle eeth. four In number, make Iheir appeal nice, s,. :1t the ago of five tai the e..| has all his leclh. ,,r what is known as ■, full mouth of teeth, Baaabafaaf forty, in all.