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post #1 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 08:41 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 08:47 PM
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I've heard if you give a horse corn cobs they can get the cobs lodged in their throat.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 09:43 PM
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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.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 10:20 PM
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Same type of "advice" as giving a horse chewing tobacco to kill worms....
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-06-2010, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-06-2010, 07:45 AM
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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.
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