So out of curiosity, I’d like to know if your horse has ergots. If your horse does have them, does he or she have them on all four legs?
What’s an ergot you say? That strange thing similar to a chestnut but growing from the back of a horse’s ankle.
In my equine family, Phoenix grows ergots on all four legs while Stampede doesn’t have them at all.
I happened to mention how ergots annoy me when they stick out and someone else at the barn had no idea what I was talking about, so figured I’d put it out there and see who else has horses with ergots. I would guess they are somehow breed or line specific.
In other news, there isn’t much news. I was out of town for work training on Monday and Tuesday of this week so other people were taking care of my ponies. I did ride Mr. P Wednesday and Friday and he was a gentleman as always. Stampede did a lunge on Thursday and I’ll ride him later today. Trying to nail down a time for Stampede to go back to the vet and get this back rehab going.
Lastly, here’s a picture of Juneau sleeping after her rough day getting groomed and visiting me at work.
I hope everyone is staying warm. We are supposed to get lows below 20 F next week, how depressing. It’s only November!
Interesting topic. We have two horses here that have noticeable ergots. Both are DWB’s. One guy grows them so long we have to have the farrier nip them a few times a year. Not sure if there is a breed correlation as we have another DWB here who does not have them.
I am curious if it is a bloodline thing since breed is very unlikely. Of course I don’t know any of my horses’ relatives to make a guess.
no ergots on my mare… which honestly is for the best since they kinda seem icky to me – no idea why bc chestnuts don’t bother me at all, but i guess it is what it is lol
Well at least with Phoenix’s ergots which are dry and come off easily, I find those beefy overgrown chestnuts much creepier, especially when they get scaly looking. Ick!
I’ve only ever pulled them off ponies.
Tango has them. I was confused as to what they were because growing up none of my quarter horses had them. His are very hard though and very difficult to remove. And I agree big chestnuts creep me out too!