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Anna-Marie (Fame)
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Username: npo33901

Post Number: 257
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Saturday, Jul 2, 2011 - 4:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My ten years old gelding suddenly peeled off whole chestnuts . I do remove old skin from the chestnuts time to time. This time large piece was hanging, with a little bloody area on the periphery (just on one spot) .
Is it possible that he bit it off when chasing flies away ? Or is it a sigh of some deficiency/ illness ?
ALSO, his "spur" with few hairs at one fetlock dropped off while I was grooming him .
Now all is healing, is looking good .
Did anybody have the same experience ?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 25836
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Saturday, Jul 2, 2011 - 8:06 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Anne-Marie,
The one with the bloody spot sounds like it got caught on something and not a sign of illness. As for them coming off time to time that is normal too. There was a recent discussion about cutting them back at HorseAdvice.com » Horse Care » Tips and Tricks » 2008 Add New Care Tips Here » Chestnut removal.
DrO
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Diana Shaffner
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Post Number: 40
Registered: 2-2010
Posted on Saturday, Jul 2, 2011 - 9:45 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have this sometimes on my Arabian. They come off completely even when lightly touched and then other times they may grow for a while and remain pretty firm. In neither case does he seem to be bothered by it (although there is never blood).
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Andrea Duncan
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Post Number: 155
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Saturday, Jul 2, 2011 - 11:15 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

He'll heal up, just put some scarlet oil (cheapest option and effective), Granulex or Alumi-guard (waterproof and good for those places you can't wrap to keep the flies out) on it until the chestnut grows back so he doesn't get it infected. He most likely bumped it on something, horses are always on 'self destruct' but once you get over the initial freak out it's pretty simple... I always make sure to scrub with Betadine fist. If his chestnuts are starting to grow in brittle you can put some Vasaline (sp?) or HOOF ALIVE on 'em on a regular basis and they'll break away easier so he doesn't bleed next time... I swear by the HOOF ALIVE stuff, it's expensive but amazing.
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Anna-Marie (Fame)
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Post Number: 258
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 - 12:43 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thank you all for the reply to my "neurosis" .

I did clean it with betadine and then kept neosporin on the bloody spot . now it is dry and growing OK .
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