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  • Accidently cut off my horse's chestnut
  • Peeling chestnuts and ergots

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    11-27-2011, 12:43 AM
Only thing that smells worse than a peeling chestnut is a peeling frog. Particularly if you've got thrush going on.
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    11-27-2011, 10:10 AM
Vaseline, or baby oil applied on, keeps them softer and more smooth looking, plus easier to peel.

After I bathe my gelding, and they're soft from being wet, is when I take care of what's there.
    11-27-2011, 10:14 AM
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Out of curiousity, why do you peel chestnuts in the first place? Just because they're ugly, or is there some health reason to it?

As far as I know we don't peel our horse's chestnuts off. Makes me wonder ;P although it was mentioned to me that I should be peeling Noah's, especially before the upcoming show. But they didn't tell me why.

You just sorta get your finger under it and pry it off, like a scab?
    11-27-2011, 10:23 AM
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Biscuit's chestnuts are not thick and they peel off fairly easily. He doesn't have big ergots but Sarge's ergots look like spurs on a rooster

Some horses chestnuts grow thick and just keep growing out like an inch or more. Our old shetland pony had LONG chestnuts and a mare out at the barn had some really long ones last month that I cut off with a circular hoof knife while the barn manager held her!

They don't gross me out but hey...everyone has a different gross out level!
    11-27-2011, 10:25 AM
I peel them off when they come of somewhat easily, and I don't really mind it. Dogs really like them, and when one of my dogs smell them he'd almost be willing to take them off himself. (If Moe wouldn't eat the dog every time he came close.) Just take a little dog, attach it to the chestnut, and pull. XD Maybe not intirely a well thought-out idea... But once a dog smells them they'll take their chances.

But whatever works. I've never really had them get that big, I will pick them off when one good layer looks ready to peel. (By the way, if it is dry it I don't think it will smell as bad. Just when you get near the knee where it is moist it has a smell that only dogs cherish.)
    11-27-2011, 12:17 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
Out of curiousity, why do you peel chestnuts in the first place? Just because they're ugly, or is there some health reason to it?
I know this is usually done for show horses because it looks nicer. Huey's just got huge and ratty and when I scraped my knuckle on one of them while grooming him, I knew it was time... I have also read stuff from people who said that their horses knocked or tore them off accidentally and that they bleed like crazy if that happens.
    11-27-2011, 12:49 PM
Green Broke
I take them off when Reeco has a bath. Basicly give them a good scrub and then whip them off using a knife.

He never normal grows much anyway, so normaly I only have to take them off once just before show season (march) and once about september.
    11-27-2011, 01:28 PM
I do as Faye does. It's very easy to remove them after a bath. Aside from appearance, your farrier will appreciate them being removed, they can be rather scratchy.
    11-27-2011, 02:32 PM
OK.. I don't wanna sound like a complete moron... But what do you guys mean? Just curious..haha
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    11-27-2011, 02:45 PM
What do you mean what do we mean? Which part?

Chestnuts? Those are the little ugly scabby things on the inside of a horse's upper leg. Remnants of a vestigial toe. They grow and flake off.

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