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post #1 of 15 Old 11-06-2012, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 15 Old 11-06-2012, 06:02 AM
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Just peel them off. Or you could cut them off.
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-06-2012, 06:13 AM
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Does it hurt to pull them off? I do when they are flaking, but my horses dont seem to enjoy it...

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post #4 of 15 Old 11-06-2012, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #5 of 15 Old 11-06-2012, 08:33 AM
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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.

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post #6 of 15 Old 11-06-2012, 08:41 AM
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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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post #7 of 15 Old 11-06-2012, 02:44 PM
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I'm a picker and I hate large chestnuts. I peel a little bit away most times I groom.
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post #8 of 15 Old 11-07-2012, 07:45 PM
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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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post #9 of 15 Old 11-07-2012, 09:44 PM
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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:

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post #10 of 15 Old 11-07-2012, 09:50 PM
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I had my Farrier clip my geldings off with her nippers. Taaddaa
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