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Is there a reason to peel chestnuts other than looks?
I was wondering because I saw my mare chewing on hers while she was lying down. She was chewing on her ergots too.
Can they get itchy or something if you don't peel them? I had never heard of that, but I've never seen a horse chewing on them before. Any ideas?
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.
I'm not really sure, I haven't heard of a horse chewing on them. Maybe it got itchy? I sort of sand Carolina's a bit with the slickneasy block.
usually our horses just peel off, but onone hrose they grow and grow and grow, so the ferrier clips them.
I don't think so...I have to peel Remi's for halter classes. But I usually do it anyway because his are a little unsightly lol.
I've never heard of a reason otherwise than aesthetics. But I can see why they may get itchy - dry, hard skin would bother me too! Though I've never seen a horse bite at or itch one, but ya never know!
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.
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