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    11-11-2012, 06:56 PM

So my mare has none. Nothing. Not even a tiny bump. She has normal sized chestnuts. They never grow out really far, but they're not tiny.

Anyway, is there a reason she wouldn't have them? She's a STB. Free-legged pacer. 11 years old.

Could it have anything to with her breed? Or that she's gaited? My friend's Paso has the TINIEST chestnuts ever, idk about her ergots though.

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    11-11-2012, 07:19 PM
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I think it just depends on the horse and nothing to worry about - at least from my own experiences

Of my four, I have to nip the ergots off two of them in the Spring. Both are TWH's but the third TWH doesn't have that issue.

The Arab hardly grows chestnuts and I never see ergots on him, either.
    11-11-2012, 07:22 PM
Maybe the horses with smaller ones are more evolved and better!!! :O

Ahaha, just joking (: all of them are wonderful !

chestnuts, ergot, genetics

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