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        04-23-2008, 02:33 PM
    I don't know what this is???

    I just took in a rescue horse and he has nubs on his hocks.
    (? Reminds me of a puppy's extra toe ?) What is this and what needs to be done with them.
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        04-23-2008, 02:43 PM
    It's totally normal, I can't seem to remember what it's called though.
        04-23-2008, 02:51 PM
    Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch
    It's totally normal, I can't seem to remember what it's called though.
    I think you mean Chestnuts

    Is that what you're seeing on your horse's legs?
        04-23-2008, 03:16 PM
    Yep, that's normal.
        04-23-2008, 04:54 PM
    Still need help!

    No..No...no.. Not chestnuts. They are not on his knees. On the back side of his hocks. Maybe I am calling it incorrectly it is where "our" ankles are. They are not scabby looking they are soft and stick out. I have never seen anything like it. They are in the middle of the patch of hair that goes from the backs of legs.

    Please tell me what you think now!
        04-23-2008, 05:14 PM
    Can it be scratches (look for photos in google under equine and scratches)? Or fungus? Can you attach a photo?
        04-23-2008, 05:15 PM
    It is called an ergot (Definition: The ergot is thought to be another vestige of a toe similar to the chestnut. It grows from the rear underside of the fetlock joint. The composition is somewhat like soft hoof wall material. It tends to be somewhat tougher than the chestnut and not so easy to peel away with your fingers. On some horses it will be a very small nub, while on others it may be much larger, curling and splitting as it grows. If it becomes long and unsightly you can trim it down with hoof clippers or ask your farrier to trim it when he trims your horse’s feet). My horse has these as wekk. I will be trimming them this weekend.
        04-23-2008, 05:29 PM
    Thanks Misty! They are not long or splitting, so this is of no concern?

    The farrier has not been out to see him yet. He will be here in a few weeks to take care of everyone. If that is the case I am sure he has seen it before and will take care of it. Does it need attention more then every six weeks?
        04-23-2008, 05:35 PM
    If you can get a picture of it, we could help you out a lot better.

    If you're really worried, i'd call up a vet and explain it to them and see what they have to say.
        04-23-2008, 06:28 PM
    Green Broke
    My old pony had that. Its like directly under there hock or fetlock (cant remember which is which at the moment) they have like a 2nd hoof growing. My BO said that she was told that its there because when the horses evolved from those hamster looking things (i forget what there called) they have I think 3 toes like how cows have 2 parts of there hoof. Its exactly like how dogs have there thumb looking nail, only sometimes dogs get it removes because they easily get caught on things.

    Well since you can't see what I had written, where the end of the line is is where the nail would be located.

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