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I need to get rid of these huge chestnuts.

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    04-30-2012, 06:12 PM
  #11
Showing
I've heard baby oil works too?
     
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    04-30-2012, 06:31 PM
  #12
Foal
Why are they even there??? I just peel my boys off with my fingers....
     
    04-30-2012, 06:41 PM
  #13
Trained
I heard that is where the foal's legs are attached in utero but I never checked out that story. I am like Claporte, I peel them off when I bathe the horse before a show. Funny story, sorry folks I always gotta add one, my farrier was working on a client's horse that had huge chestnuts and they were scraping against him so he simply peeled them off. The owners start freaking, telling him they heard if you remove the chestnuts, the horse will die!
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    04-30-2012, 07:10 PM
  #14
Yearling
Well I guess I could just peel them off, didn't think to try. * facepalm*
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    04-30-2012, 07:52 PM
  #15
Weanling
So we don't know what they are for? I just flake my girls off. I didn't even know they could get that large!!!
     
    04-30-2012, 07:55 PM
  #16
Showing
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Originally Posted by AndreaSctlnd    
So we don't know what they are for? I just flake my girls off. I didn't even know they could get that large!!!
Horse Chestnuts and Ergots

Best I could find in a short time (supposed to be studying)
     
    04-30-2012, 08:08 PM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Horse Chestnuts and Ergots

Best I could find in a short time (supposed to be studying)
huh...weird.
     
    04-30-2012, 08:22 PM
  #18
Yearling
It's supposedly an evolutionary remnant of the last toe they had before the reduction to one toe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_(horse_anatomy)
     
    04-30-2012, 09:42 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SpiritLifter    
It's supposedly an evolutionary remnant of the last toe they had before the reduction to one toe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_(horse_anatomy)
That's what I have read, somewhere or another.
     
    04-30-2012, 10:27 PM
  #20
Showing
That's what I've always heard too, that they are the vestigial toes from prehistoric times that moved up the leg during evolution....much like dew claws in dogs.
     

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