My horse as Ergots thingamambobers!?

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My horse as Ergots thingamambobers!?

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  • Equine ergots
  • Horny things on horse ankles

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    08-30-2008, 02:48 PM
My horse as Ergots thingamambobers!?

Ok so I got really scared when I noticed these horny growths much like chestnuts on like the horses ankle ya know. Where you trim the hair. I did some research and its seems to be "Ergots" anyways. I'll probably have the BO trim them, but I have a question.

Can Ergots cause a horse to be lame?

I'm just overall glad to hear my horse isn't going to die of some unknown growth development :roll:
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    08-30-2008, 03:05 PM
no most horses have them, some geldings don't though :)
    08-30-2008, 03:47 PM
Both my horses do (mare and gelding) and they're fine.
    08-30-2008, 06:35 PM
I suppose it is possible for them to become so overgrown that they could interfere with gait. Rarely would that happen tho.
    08-30-2008, 08:24 PM
All three of our horses have them (1 mare, 2 geldings)! Its completely normal - just as normal as their chestnuts.
    08-31-2008, 02:44 AM
Ergots are a normal growth of a horses conformation (positioned on the fetlock in the feathers). All horses have them, but some horses' ergots are more prominant. They don't cause lameness or anything like that they're just a colouse type growth, the same as chestnuts. Don't stress
    09-02-2008, 03:12 AM
I had the exact same feeling when I rescued m ypaint mare. Found those little things coming out the back of her legs and thought....eewwww WHAT is that?

None of my other horses ever had anything like that. Then I found out they were Ergots, and I wet them down and peeled them off. First thing I though was....OMG she has horns growing out of her legs!!!

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