Originally Posted by AQHA13
One time my filly's got long and when one of them peeled of naturally/ or got caught on something, don't really know, it was too short and bled.
Thats one of the reason you peel them if you can. If they get too big, they can catch on stuff, if they catch they can cause a rip and then you have to deal with possible infections etc..
Just a side FYI...It's believed that the chestnut was once a spur type of growth that the prehistoric horse would use in fighting/defense. The ergot is believed to have been a toe
There are many theories on this though.