"Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth" - NZ by AndreaEL
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The common folk saying “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” is taken from the era when gifting horses was common. The teeth of a horse are a good indication of the age of the animal, and it was considered rude to inspect the teeth of a gifted animal as you would one that you were purchasing. The saying is used in reference to being an ungrateful gift receiver.
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“Don’t Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth”

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Horse teeth refers to the dentition of equine species, including horses and donkeys. Equines are both heterodontous and diphyodontous, which means that they have teeth in more than one shape (there are up to five shapes of tooth in a horse’s mouth), and have two successive sets of teeth, the deciduous (“baby teeth”) and permanent sets.As grazing animals, good dentition is essential to survival, and continued grazing creates specific patterns of wear, which can be used along with patterns of eruption to estimate the age of the horse.

By the time a horse is fully developed, usually at around five years of age, it will have between 36 and 44 teeth. All equines are heterodontous, which means that they have different shaped teeth for different purposes.
All horses have twelve incisors at the front of the mouth, used primarily for cutting food, most often grass, whilst grazing. They are also used as part of a horse’s attack or defence against predators, or as part of establishing social hierarchy within the herd. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland New Zealand May 2012

“Don’t Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth”

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    Great shot and info Andrea

  • Your kind comments are always so very much appreciated, thank you Chris

    – AndreaEL

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 2 years ago

    Very Clever!
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  • Thank you so much for the two features today Laura, it is always an honour glad you enjoyed them.

    – AndreaEL

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 2 years ago

    a really lovely close up

  • Your kind comments are always so very much appreciated, thank you Martina

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Great close up, great timing,

  • Your kind comments are always so very much appreciated, thank you Byron

    – AndreaEL

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture Andrea,,,love it!!!

  • Your kind comments are always so very much appreciated, thank you Louise

    – AndreaEL

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago

    great shot .. makes me smile

  • Your kind comments are always so very much appreciated, thank you, glad it made you smile…

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Very cute capture.

  • Your kind comments are always so very much appreciated, thank you Bunny

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

    Aahhhh……this is terrific Andrea ! The photo and the video – very clever !

  • Your kind comments are always so very much appreciated, thank you Roy. Glad you enjoyed the clip

    – AndreaEL

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 2 years ago

    A beautiful smile Andrea. LOL

  • Your kind comments are always so very much appreciated, thank you Al

    – AndreaEL

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 2 years ago

    Perfect timing LOL

  • Your kind comments are always so very much appreciated, thank you Loree

    – AndreaEL

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