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post #1 of 13 Old 08-30-2008, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Chestnuts: Whats the scoop?

Do you clip them? File them? Leave them alone? My geldings don't have huge ones, but recently I was trying to encourage Red out of his pasture and into the fenced off yard to run with Loki for a while and Dotty, an old brood mare, decided to go out with him.

I ran off to get a halter for Dotty, and she and Loki started kicking at each other. Loki, of course, started it. He likes to be the boss of the pasture and Dotty just doesn't stand for that kind of thing anymore xD
Thankfully, Dotty wasn't bred this year so I didn't have to worry about a foal in her belly. But Loki's shoed and I was really worried about him injuring her.

Dotty has huuuge chestnuts, and before I could get a halter on her and stuff her back into her pasture Loki managed to kick one of her chestnuts off.
The lady who owns the ranch, and Dotty, said that horses can bleed to death from getting chestnuts ripped/kicked off. We got some blood-stopping stuff on her ASAP and she's fine now. Her and Loki got into yet another fight about a week ago over the fence and busted up the gate -.-

So whats the scoop on chestnuts? Is there some sort of regular maintenance I should be aware of?

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-30-2008, 04:18 PM
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If bits are flaking, i pick them off we usually get the farrier to trim them i think, or is that ergots? sorry i wasnt much help :P

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post #3 of 13 Old 08-30-2008, 05:03 PM
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Wet them down and the come off really easily. I remove them when the get long.

The ones fetlock area the farrier clips during his regular visit.

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I pick Vega's off... mostly because when i go to pick up her feet, i squeeze her chestnuts and I am always picking stuff off.

I don't do Gem's, but his are fine.
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-30-2008, 07:25 PM
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Put vasaline on them and leave it there for an hour or more. This makes them get really soft and you can pick them off. It makes your fingers and finger nails really icky though lol

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-30-2008, 07:30 PM
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Don't mean to steal your thread twogeldings but....
Thanks for the info everyone. I never thought about getting them wet or the vasaline trick. I'll try both. I have always just left them alone for fear of taking too much or hurting the poor horsey

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post #7 of 13 Old 08-30-2008, 08:20 PM
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I usually pick as much as I can off acually

havent gotten to the back ones though

if they get to big have the ferrier cut .. or er trim them
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-30-2008, 09:35 PM
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I regularly pick off little bits, basically every time I groom. Just from habit, really. I never heard of a horse bleeding to death from the chestnuts getting ripped off. Sounds extreme to me.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-30-2008, 09:43 PM
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Sometimes I pick at them, but I just leave them 98% of the time and let them do their thing. I have world's pickiest eater--I can't buy more than one bag of any kind of treat, because he starts spitting them out. And any medicine or whatever in his feed? Forget about it. But once I peeled off a whole chestnut, it was a beauty, thick and complete. I held it up for him to sniff, and he ate it! Ewwwww!
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-30-2008, 09:48 PM
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Those actually get long enough to peel off? My horses never get long ones - they are maybe just lighly above skin level. Does this just happen on older horses maybe? My oldest is only 7.

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