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  • Horses chesnut fell off and is bleeding
  • Torn horse chestnuts

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    01-23-2009, 09:50 PM
Exclamation Tore off Chestnut!

The new OTTB tore off his left hind chestnut tonight. I don't know how, it was really short already.

I washed it, hydro peroxide, gauzed and vet wrapped it. Any ideas on what else to do?
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    01-23-2009, 10:30 PM
I've never heard of that happening before... was it bleeding? I think what you did was fine, just keep an eye on it and if it starts getting funky like an infection is starting call you vet to look at it.
    01-23-2009, 10:32 PM
It didnt bleed, my best guess is he kicked himself after rolling. And of course he does it a couple hours AFTER the vet had left after giving his annual shots :P

Its just nasty looking, about the size of a dime.
    01-23-2009, 10:44 PM
You did right. I wouldn't worry about it. Just keep it clean. Whenever you are working with him and you figure he won't be into any nasties, keep the wrap off. Give it time to breath and dry. He probably doesn't need the wrap at all unless the place is muddy. A small wound I don't wrap. I do what you did -- wash it, peroxide and let it be. If I'm concerned about infection I'll spray some blukote on or put anti-biotic cream on it.
    01-24-2009, 07:01 AM
It has happened to our mares, and we've never had to do anything for it. They just grow back.
    01-24-2009, 07:13 AM
I regularly peel off my horse's chestnuts - in fact, sometimes I'll have my farrier clip them for me. Looks cleaner and makes no difference to them. If there was blood involved that is a different thing but if all that happened was that the outer layers were scraped away, that is no problem at all and requires no attention. (There can be a pretty foul odor on your hands sometimes after peeling them)
    01-24-2009, 09:42 AM
Thanks :) hey iride, I am from not too far from you in SC, I live in CA now though.
    01-24-2009, 01:42 PM
Originally Posted by rosie9r    
Thanks :) hey iride, I am from not too far from you in SC, I live in CA now though.
Well come on back! I'd love some riding companions.
    01-25-2009, 03:05 PM
It's no big deal that the horses chesnut came off. I peal my horses chestnuts off all the time.

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