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    05-01-2012, 12:02 AM
On the front legs you should be able to pick or flake them down. They'll get easier as you get closer to the leg (I take them off in a couple of layers). Hind legs can be more problematic since they tend to be harder and nipping them is usually easier. Ergots on mine get so long and hard they have to be nipped, although I have cut them off with my pocket knife.
I dislike wetting or oiling them for removal, because I find it easier to reduce them when they are not so soft and mushy.
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    05-06-2012, 12:59 PM
Ok this is probably a stupid question but is there a chance that I could take too much off and they would bleed? I would just be peeling them with my fingers , I wouln't be using nippers or anything.
    05-06-2012, 07:39 PM
I could peel my Arab's chestnuts, front and back, absolutely flat with just my fingernails. His mother grew HUGE long chestnuts too tough to peel. She was very sensitive about them, and they bled easily. Ahab has HUGE chestnuts, HUGE ergots, and I can't peel them at all. Today, a hind chestnut got knocked, peeled halfway off, and started to bleed. Now it is a dangler....
    05-06-2012, 07:44 PM
Originally Posted by ARTEMISBLOSSOM    
ok this is probably a stupid question but is there a chance that I could take too much off and they would bleed? I would just be peeling them with my fingers , I wouln't be using nippers or anything.
With your hands? Nope, you will see when it's level, you'd have to be peeling & scratching like crazy & with pressure to get it to bleed.
    05-06-2012, 07:49 PM
The vaseline trick really really works, Bert had huge chestnuts and didn't like you touching them, I plastered on vaseline for 3 days, then I could just peel them off easily, and she never fussed at all
    05-07-2012, 12:28 AM
If the farrier has never done it before, then yes, it is possible to "quick" them when you trim the chestnut...especially if it's really long and they make that first nip right down at skin level.

What I've always done (and my farrier does it too) is to start taking off small layers at a time with the nippers. When it looks/feels like you are getting close to live skin, then they need to stop with the nippers and you can do the rest by hand.
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    05-07-2012, 11:01 AM
I have used most all the methods already stated for removing the surface of chestnuts. There are no blood sources or nerve endings in the over growth of the chestnut, I emphasize in most, but not all cases. I have in my 62 years never seen a chestnut bleed after being trimmed. It could happen though if the trimming went to deep into the chestnut sub-surface.

I usually was successful in just using my fingers to separate and pull the excess growth away from the chestnut. My farrier on ocassion would use his hoof knife to trim away excess chestnut growth. I do remember on one occassion after helping some friends find a horse for them the horse they bought had huge overgrown chestnuts. In that case I advised them to apply Vaseline to each chestnut twice daily. Eventually those chestnuts nearly fell off by themselves with little resistance.

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