I noticed the other day that Huey had some mighty huge chestnuts on his back legs, and so I stopped to look at all of them. The one on his front right leg was peeling itself off, just hanging there by a strip. I pulled it off, then checked other front leg, and that chestnut just pulled right off too.
I do not know why, but to me, that big flaky chestnut coming off was 100% more disgusting than cleaning his sheath! And he had a massive bean, it was about the size of a 50-cent piece. But these chestnuts are ickier than that. I have no idea why.
The back ones are even nastier. They are not peeling off nicely. They're big and hard and dry and horny and coming off, sort of, halfway, in wretched chunks.
Oooh, this is so gross!
I read on line about dealing with the big awful hard ones, and I glopped a bunch of store-brand aquaphor on them this morning. I really hope that this makes it easier to get those nasty things off.
Now that I've got the nasty ones on the front off, though - it's nice smooth skin where they were - is there something I can do to keep them from building way back up again? Or is this one of those things where you just wait for them to get big and awful and then deal with them?
Well I don't know why you find that so disgusting. Wierd. I actually kinda like picking them off! :) I just pick off any "extras" at grooming time.
OOOO,thats a pet-peeve of mine I cant help but peel them off..LOL...It will help if you periodically rub vaseline on them to keep them soft and easier to peel off.
^^^ I do the same thing!!! LOL
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LMAO, op, Im sorry....thats just hilarious to me! Personally tho, Ive never had a problem cleaning sheaths, it was just something for me, that had to be done for the horse's health. As far as chestnut's go tho, my little guy doesnt seem to have any on his rear legs, I mean Im sure he does, but they dont grow to where you cant notice them what so ever.....
It was kind of hilarious to me too. I mean, the sheath cleaning was just like "oh, ho-hum, look at him crib on the hitching post, this is taking forever, he's being so good just standing for this, am I ever gonna be done with this, sigh"...
but when that chestnut came off his front leg into my hand I threw it on the ground and squealed like a little girl and said "EEEEEUUUUUWWWW!" before I could stop myself. I'm thinking the whole time "WTH? Why am I doing this?" but I just couldn't help it. This is not even 10 minutes after I picked a scab out of his hair (his scrape was healed up, but the scab was still stuck to the hairs) and that didn't bother me at all. The big gnarly chestnut on his back leg that sort of crumbled into chunks....eeeek.
From what I've been reading on the web about these things, drafts have them big-time, and Huey's a WB, probably some kind of Belgian mix, but he's definitely kind of draft-y in his conformation. I guess this is where it shows, too, these whacking huge nuts on his rear legs.
They do smell pretty awful.
Fun fact: They contain a unique scent identifier that is specific to each horse.
Couldn't resist the joke, sorry :lol:
Somehow, my pre-horse trips to Happy Horse La-La Land involved muck rakes and mud, but not picking big scary (and, I hear now, smelly) scabs off his knees. or picking them out of his hair, for that matter.
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