I have a draft/paint mare 4 years old and her "chestnuts" have never been cut or remove. What type of tool could I use to safely cut them back and how will I know how "deep" to go? How oftem should I repeat.Thanks so much for your advice.Regards,Larry W. Cawhorn
Chestnuts can be ex foliated all the way down to being flush with the skin when they are removed regularly and are of soft texture. When chestnuts are overgrown, they can be removed with a sharp hoof knife or nippers. If using tools to remove chestnuts, you should leave ~ 1/4 inch of chestnut in place (to avoid inadvertent cutting of skin). Once the chestnuts are of a more manageable size and if they are still hard, mineral oil or other softening agents may be rubbed onto them. In a softened state, you will be able to peel off remaining chestnut material during regular grooming.