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        11-06-2012, 03:27 AM

    Is it okay to sand down chestnuts as Zoeys one's on her front legs are getting long and when I try to peel them off the whole thing wants to come off. They are healthy and kinda soft so it's not that they aren't healthy.
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        11-06-2012, 06:02 AM
    Green Broke
    Just peel them off. Or you could cut them off.
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        11-06-2012, 06:13 AM
    Does it hurt to pull them off? I do when they are flaking, but my horses don't seem to enjoy it...
        11-06-2012, 06:19 AM
    She doesn't show any pain/ annoyance but it takes ALOT to annoy Zoey, like she fractured her ribs and you can only tell when you put quite a bit of pressure on it.
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        11-06-2012, 08:33 AM
    Green Broke
    When they get to large put a dab of Vaseline on them for a couple of days or so and they're much easier to peel off.

    It's like a big callous and doesn't hurt to peel off.
        11-06-2012, 08:41 AM
    I do the same thing gunslinger suggested. When I'm grooming, if I notice it's getting time to trim back the chestnuts, I'll smear some Vaseline on them. The next day they peel right off and the horses don't seem to mind.
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        11-06-2012, 02:44 PM
    I'm a picker and I hate large chestnuts. I peel a little bit away most times I groom.
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        11-07-2012, 07:45 PM
    Green Broke
    It's really easy to peel away my horse's chestnuts when they're wet (usually after a bath), and he doesn't even seem to notice.
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        11-07-2012, 09:44 PM
    I usually peel off my horse's chestnuts a little bit at a time, so they never get extremely long. I'm very picky in that way, haha! But, I've never had a horse show any sign of pain towards taking them off--I'd do what a few others suggested, and put vaseline on them before taking them off a day later. C:
        11-07-2012, 09:50 PM
    I had my Farrier clip my geldings off with her nippers. Taaddaa
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