This collection of 29 horses' teeth was assembled by Louis Auzoux (1797-1880), a French doctor who made models of humans, animals and plants for use in teaching medicine and anatomy.

They demonstrate how horses' teeth age, the effects of wind-sucking and crib-biting, and the fraudulent methods employed to make horses seem older or younger than their true age.

While traditional anatomical models used wax, Dr Auzoux's then-secret mixture of papier mache, cork, clay, paper and glue proved far sturdier, as well as cheaper.

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5 Responses:

  1. Lloyd says:

    I see more than 29 teeth - and the teeth are not teeth, but mere fascimiles. Representations of teeth.

    Am I looking a gift horse in the mouth?

    But otherwise, the equine dentine looks fine.

  2. "...and he also made false teeth!"
    -The Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist"

  3. sclatter says:

    I had a "crib-biter" (most people just say cribber). They get a high from biting their stall door (or anything convenient), pulling up and sucking air with a sort of grunting sound. They'll stand and do it all day if you let them, causing hypertrophied neck muscles and wearing their teeth down. There are collar things to keep them from doing it. So I'm pretty sure the bottom row, fourth from the left would have been the cribber.

    Interestingly, while horse teeth are continually erupting they are not continually growing. Eventually they run out of tooth.

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