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        08-30-2008, 10:10 PM
    Originally Posted by Cat
    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.

    Sometimes the horse will peel them off themselves by accidently rubbing legs together or brushing it against something.

    To keep Sonny's down so it doesn't get long, I take a cloth and dip it in warm water. Put it on his chestnuts and let it sit their for a while. Then I gently peel it off
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        09-01-2008, 06:19 PM
    Re: Chestnuts: Whats the scoop?

    Originally Posted by twogeldings
    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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        09-01-2008, 06:31 PM
    As with anything else, every horse is different, some chestnuts will barely grow long enough to pick and others do.

    I know this is off topic but M2G I love your profile pic!

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