Hi everyone. I tend to be one of those people that leave well enough alone and not fuss over the appearnce of my horses as long as they are relatively clean and healthy looking. BUT my new mare (perch QH cross) has massie chesnuts and ergots. The chesnuts on her front legs stick out probably 1.5 inches, the ones on her back legs don't look as thick-but the grow out towards the rear--these are VERY hard and dry and wont peel off. Her ergots (especially on her back legs) are easily an inch long). Im sure they are not an issue-but they look really REALLY gross, and I am worried that she may tear something off (being with a bunch of new horses and all the shinanigans associated with that). Someone suggested vasiline to soften the chestnuts then peel them off-but will this work even with them being so long? Another person suggested cutting them down with shears or hoof nippers. How do you get rid of ergots? My gelding barely has any and they don't grow long and have never bothered with them... Any advice will be appreciated.
Also-is it typical of drat breeds to grow larger/harder chestnust and ergots?