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    11-27-2011, 03:14 PM
Originally Posted by bubba13    
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.
Oops! Sorry I wasn't very clear.. But yeah I wasn't sure what a "chestnut" was..
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    11-27-2011, 03:32 PM
Originally Posted by kendrawrrr    
Oops! Sorry I wasn't very clear.. But yeah I wasn't sure what a "chestnut" was..
I was taught that when a horse doesn't pick his feet up on request, you can get him to do it by pinching his chestnut on that leg.

...Probably why I didn't notice Huey's chestnuts getting so huge - he always picks his foot up right away when I run my hand down the back of his leg.

I slathered aquaphor on them yesterday. Today they were absolutely vile - filthy and gummy and black with I-do-not-even-want-to-think-about-it, but one of them had started chunking off. I laid on another slick of that stuff this morning, and rubbed some in to the chestnuts that had peeled off earlier on his front legs.
    11-27-2011, 06:03 PM
Don't feel bad I think it is gross too. Scabs and sheath cleaning I can deal with. Scrubbing open wounds...done....but for some rather illogical reason chestnuts are...ICKY! LOL
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    11-27-2011, 06:13 PM
As everyone is "laughing" I want you to know your not alone! I think that it is absolutely revolting! I would probably give one of my other horse friends a call and have THEM come pick them off! Lol as I say at work..."im not a picker" (i don't pick off skin scabs nothing!) but I love to clean shealths.... :-/
    11-27-2011, 06:29 PM
For some reason, I enjoy peeling chestnuts...When I'm hand grazing my horse, and I get bored after awhile, I find myself peeling them off. I've never smelled them before, so I can't comment on the smell. But as for sheath cleaning..I'll spend the money for my vet to do it!
    11-27-2011, 06:40 PM
I am a vet tech and see all kinds of gross things at work. I have to say peeling chestnuts is disgusting. My stomach actually turns when I do it. Give me a big ole abcess any day.
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    11-29-2011, 02:03 PM
Since we are talking about gross/funny thing... I am going to add my 2 cents...

My daughter (grown daughter) has an old horse (30-35 years) he had a very hurt leg and she was spending lots of time at the barn washing/bandging. She realized that she really, really needed to clean his sheath. It was really nasty with scaley crud on it. She had never cleaned him and all I had ever had were mares.

So we decided to do it right.. I was her assistant and she got some sheath cleaner. While she was cleaning the wound in his leg she rubbed his stomach and moved her hand ever so gently back to "the area". She put her hand on him and he dropped, she worked the sudsy stuff all over hiim and he started "hunching" and swaying forward and backward.. now this is a gelding but he was acting on pure instinct... we laughed because she was giving him a hand job/massage and he really wanted it to have a happy ending, but alas it was not meant to be!!!!

After a few minutes of this, she got warm water and washed him off. Then she gave him a butt massage (he has always loved them) and I laughed and told her I should be giving them a cigarette to share and turn the barn light off!!!

We still laugh about that!!!

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    02-09-2012, 12:17 AM
I'm fine with peeling the chestnut...the smell just REALLY grosses me out. Smells like an old musky basement or something...bleck! O.O
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    02-09-2012, 12:47 AM
Originally Posted by WesternBella    
I'm fine with peeling the chestnut...the smell just REALLY grosses me out. Smells like an old musky basement or something...bleck! O.O
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You've dug up the corpse of an old thread... LOL
    02-09-2012, 02:18 AM
It doesn't bother me in the least to peel the chestnuts and ergots off of either of my horses. Lady will stand there and let me do it, but I check her's regularly, as she tends to grow them faster than most, but she also enjoys the massage of the lower legs that usually accompanies the peeling of them. Fancy could care less if I ever touched her period. She's not a human horse, if ya know what I mean.

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