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post #1 of 11 Old 07-30-2013, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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I was just thinking the other day, my friends horse's chestnuts are like the size of a pinky finger nail. Do you think chestnuts will ever disappear from horses legs?

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-30-2013, 09:19 PM
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Nope, they will always be there. There's a thought its from the legs being joined together in the womb apparently, I was always taught its remnants of a toe they once had. My horse has chestnuts the size of a walnut I'd say.
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Interesting I have never heard that one before, I have only heard they are the remains of a toe they once had
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Our ponys are huge!!! Walnut heck, there a lil cucumber. But no, they don't go away, though I've seen horses that were very minimal. Why they differ, I don't know.
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It creeps me out when they start to grow out, like the leg on the left
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Rip it off. No biggy
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Oh my horses are as flat as a whistle! I always peel his off
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I have always put vitamin E on them to soften them so I could peel them off. I like to keep them at skin level. When I got my horse, they were a good 1/2 in out and harder than a rock. I am still working on getting one down.
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You can pick them down, or have your farrier lower them for you.
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I have actually met a few horses, all TBs though, who had no chestnuts on their hind legs. They all had ones on the front legs though. We even asked a vet to feel their back legs, during the winter we shave, and there were no chestnuts, so it wasn't that they were just really small. It was the strangest thing. All the other horses I've seen have chestnuts on all 4s some small, some large. I don't think they will ever disappear, it's just part of the horse.
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