using corn to float teeth - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 190
• Horses: 2
using corn to float teeth

A professional horse trainer that my dad trusts told him today that you can give a horse corn(with the knob) to a horse and it will round off their teeth so that they don't need to be floated. Our horses need their teeth floated and we had an appointment set up to do so. But now that my dad heard this he thinks that it will work and cancelled the appointment!

I think this is totally crazy! The whole point in floating is to round off the edges that were created from the horse grinding their food! Well anyways he wants me to do some research on the web for it but I can't find anything. can anyone help me convince my dad this isn't a real thing? or is it?
ninjahorse is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 08:41 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 522
• Horses: 0
Doesn't make sense. Equine dentists do so much more than just round off sharp edges; they look for any bleeds or abscesses caused by the sharp teeth, look for teeth that need to be pulled or fixed, and make sure that the horse's teeth can grind properly.
How would corn fix a horse whose molars are worn down in odd places so they can't grind properly? How can corn reduce sharp edges on surfaces that aren't being ground? Unless you're feeding corn kernels, there is no way that it's even strong enough to grind down any teeth at all; and I'm fairly sure it's a bad idea to feed corn kernels in the first place; that's a good way to crack a tooth. My advice? Call up this dentist and have him talk to your dad.
Charis is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 08:47 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 4,260
• Horses: 15
I've heard if you give a horse corn cobs they can get the cobs lodged in their throat.
ShutUpJoe is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 09:43 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 22,258
• Horses: 0
It's an old wives tale. Grinding the corn does nothing to smooth out the points and edges that are taken care of by a dentist. The whole reason for going to the dentist is because they have the tools and knowledge to give the horse a smooth chewing surface. Even if corn did grind the teeth down, it wouldn't end up level and smooth like they really need to be for the horse to chew comfortably. If the horse has an unusual way of chewing anyway (overbite, underbite, off-sides), the corn might actually make it worse and harder for the dentist to fix.
smrobs is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 10:20 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 2,044
• Horses: 2
Same type of "advice" as giving a horse chewing tobacco to kill worms....
wyominggrandma is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 10-06-2010, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 190
• Horses: 2
thanks. Just confirmed what i was thinking. It doen't make any sense why someone would even think that would work and a experianced horse trainer of national winning arabians at that! I think this will be enough to convince my dad not to give them any corn.
ninjahorse is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 10-06-2010, 07:45 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 4,138
• Horses: 3
My aunt used to give whole corn (not on the cob) to her mini horses to grind their teeth down. It only seemed to help the teeth that were already not that bad. They still had hooks and of course it doesn't do anything for the front teeth or interdentals.
luvs2ride1979 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
farrier-vet-equine dentist...who should float teeth? dirtymartini Horse Health 21 08-28-2010 07:46 PM
Teeth Float and Wolf tooth removal mandiemayus Horse Health 21 08-26-2010 12:24 PM
Teeth Float, Horse's mouth sore 7Ponies Horse Health 19 01-18-2010 10:47 PM
Single Float versus Double Float NatM Horse Trailers 7 03-25-2009 04:54 AM
corn oil KANSAS_TWISTER Horse Health 4 06-05-2008 07:12 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome