One of the lesson kids who just started in the 4-h group asked what the chestnuts are on a horse, I showed her (picked one off :-P ) and then she asked what they do, so I told the intructor what she was asking.
She said its when horses had toes and thats what is left of one. She also said thats what the coffin bone and other bones in the lower leg use to be.
IMO I do not believe in evolution. I beilive the whole adam and eve theory. again thats IMO. Im not wanting to get into a touchy subject. I am just looking for other opinions on the horses chestnuts, old toes and prehistoric horses.
What do you think?
I thought they kept the foals legs together when it is coming out so it doesn't land funny and break a leg :? Just what i have been told :-P
Uh? I havent seen a foal be born, but how would they keep the legs together? Are they like bigger at birth or connected or like they clip on to eachother or something... lol ok maybe that last one is stretching it.
old toes like your instructor said
I believe the commonly accepted consensus is that it's a vestigial remnant of a wrist pad from when horses had toes (go look at your dog or cat to see the similar structure) or of some sort of scent gland, similar to what deer have.
I didnt know deer had sent glads like that... huh.
According to Google, those who hunt venison know to cut the scent glands off as soon as possible to prevent them from spoiling the taste of the meat.
And here are the wrist pads on a dog paw (labelled E, sorry for the large image):
I don't know enough about anatomy to properly speculate on which is more likely to be the origin of a horse's chestnuts.
Understanding Horses - Understand What A Horse Is
Hyracotherium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I'm with smrobs, that's what i have always read. The remains from when horses had toes, they grew up the leg resulting in the chestnuts and ergots, and the hoof is the last remaining toe.
To be truthful, I believe in Adam and Eve, and that horses evolved.
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