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post #1 of 7 Old 08-30-2008, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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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:

I dreamed about him, being something untouchable to me, untamable, and wild.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-30-2008, 02:05 PM
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no most horses have them, some geldings don't though :)

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-30-2008, 02:47 PM
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both my horses do (mare and gelding) and they're fine.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-30-2008, 05:35 PM
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I suppose it is possible for them to become so overgrown that they could interfere with gait. Rarely would that happen tho.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-30-2008, 07:24 PM
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All three of our horses have them (1 mare, 2 geldings)! Its completely normal - just as normal as their chestnuts.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-31-2008, 01:44 AM
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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. dont stress

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-02-2008, 02:12 AM
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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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