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burdock87 04-30-2013 12:28 PM

my boy has "spurs"
So I was trying to get my Belgian used to having his feet handled - I want my farrier to keep coming back..hehe...and while messing around with his feather, found what feel and look like chestnuts...but on his fetlock (please forgive me if the anatomy is wrong...I'm awful with anatomy!)

It didn't seem to bother him more than just having his feet handled. A friend of mine says it's just "calcium buildup" and can easily be cut off. I wanted to ask the rest of the horse world before I take a pair of scissors to my horse's foot. Anyone else have experience with this?

zookeeper1991 04-30-2013 12:32 PM

I think you are talking about ergots. Bud has them too and I just ask the farrier to trim them when they start getting long.

Iseul 04-30-2013 12:33 PM

They're the same thing as the chestnuts on his legs. Every horse I've seen has them, some just shed quicker than others (same with chestnuts). It shouldn't hurt to peel them off, but I'd suggest against cutting them with scissors..
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burdock87 04-30-2013 12:38 PM

I wasn't 100% sure just what it was, and I didn't want to play with it and risk hurting him until I knew exactly what it is. Like I said, they don't bother him; I just needed some confirmation before continuing to touch and harass. ;)

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 04-30-2013 01:23 PM

Usually you can peel them off like the chestnuts with your finger nails. I usually to make to it easier moisturize it with bag balm or the likes a few days before. Then when I got to pick it off it basically crumbles away.

burdock87 04-30-2013 01:26 PM

Thanks for the tip...I'll add that to my growing list of "horse stuff" I need to pick up. (Ugh...psyllium to replace a friend's tub that she gave to me; a tube of bute paste, salt blocks, feeding tubs...these darn horses better be worth it! lol)

greentree 05-05-2013 09:27 AM

My Clydesdale grows ENORMOUS ergots! They split into multiples and curl around. All under her feathers. I use the hoof nippers to trim the long pieces, but it is NOT easy to hold the hair back and trim at the same time.


burdock87 05-06-2013 03:41 PM

My boy is so fussy with his feet...we're working on just picking them up, let alone trying to hold them and clip things that aren't necessary (like his hooves...boy, does he need his hooves done!) Anyway... yeah. ;)

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