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Date Posted: 12:59:09 06/23/10 Wed
Author: Ileana
Subject: Chestnut & Ergot don’t influence feather growth or amount
In reply to: Lynn 's message, "Chestnuts on hocks of my frieisan" on 19:57:10 02/25/10 Thu

Yes there are chestnuts found on the inner side of the leg above the knee on the foreleg and, if present, below the hock on the hind leg. Now the ergot is a small callosity on the underside of the fetlock. Some horses have them on all four fetlocks while others have few/no visible ergots. The ergot varies from very “pea” size to the larger ones occurring in horses with "feather". The ergot unlike a chestnut is roughly equal size on all four legs. To the best of my knowledge chestnuts and ergots don’t influence feather growth or amount.

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