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post #31 of 40 Old 02-09-2012, 02:38 AM
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For anyone who thinks it's gross, just remember a chestnut is only a wee bit of old hoof material left from their long gone extra toe.
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For anyone who thinks it's gross, just remember a chestnut is only a wee bit of old hoof material left from their long gone extra toe.
Heheh...I changed farriers over the winter, and the new guy has a dog. As soon as the farrier picked up Huey's feet to trim them, the dog was on it like a shot, gobbling up the hoof trimmings almost before they hit the barn floor. I'll have to wait to peel Huey's chestnuts again until the BO's Jack Russell is around, see if he eats them like the farrier's dog went after the hoof shavings.
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Reading this thread makes me wonder how many people can clean the dry skin under a horses' tail for them when they get itchy without throwing a fit...horses are worth the awkward things we must do for them :P
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Reading this thread makes me wonder how many people can clean the dry skin under a horses' tail for them when they get itchy without throwing a fit...horses are worth the awkward things we must do for them :P
The area under my horse's tail is SUPER nasty because he's got a chronic issue with loose BMs. He doesn't have diarrhea, his bloodwork looks fine, he's not losing weight, he doesn't appear to be ill, he just make wet poop. And it gets on his tail, and his hocks, and his butt, and ugh. It doesn't seem to itch his butt, since he doesn't rub or bite it or anything, it's just...there. And manky and nasty. I'd like to keep this tidy, but I'd have to be cleaning it every single day (and even then...sigh...).

I know there are people who won't clean their gelding's sheath. I know this because when I cleaned Huey's (the month after I bought him) he had a bean the size of a 50-cent piece. Clearly had not been done in QUITE a while.
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holey COW I had no idea....

holey Cow I had no idea that we are supposed to pick those chestnuts off. I can't believe that I've owned around 10 horses in my life and Nobody ever TOLD me nor do I remember reading that we are supposed to pick off the chestnuts......

Awesome I can't wait to do it!

And I'm a born picker, I LOVE to pick stuff LOL. I'm the kind of person who can't stand to see a white zit or an abscess or anything that looks like it needs to be popped or picked.. My hubbys like "get off me" LOL
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Well, I should say, you're in for a huge treat then, because chestnut peeling is like picking scabs x 1,000!
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lol I can't wait!

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Old Horseman's Hint -

Peel a chestnut, keep it in the pocket of your (gnarly old worn out) coat

Next time you come to deal with an angry non-cooperative beast of a horse, take said chestnut out of your pocket and offer him a sniff.

The best instant chill-pill for horses.

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(is this the origin of "that old chestnut" phrase?)
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Has anyone tried that? I'd be willing to do it, because heaven knows, my barn coat is as manky as they come...but I don't want to do it unless it works. :) Not willing to take the chance that my barn coat *can* get mankier than it already is. :)
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Has anyone tried that? I'd be willing to do it, because heaven knows, my barn coat is as manky as they come...but I don't want to do it unless it works. :) Not willing to take the chance that my barn coat *can* get mankier than it already is. :)
There is an ex-jockey ex National Hunt TB breeder at my yard. She says it works :)
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