Clipping feathers - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 01-18-2010, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Port Orchard Washington State
Posts: 1,870
• Horses: 3
Question Clipping feathers

Beginning of December I was washing Caleighs legs and feathers and felt some scabby bumps. Since her feathers were so thick I just tried to get my fingers in there and clean her as much as I could. The barn owner had a look and both of us decided they might be scratches however neither of us could really see how bad they were. We called the vet who was coming out to do some therapy on a lame horse and she had a look and said it wasn't too bad but in order to get in there and clean up the feathers on the back needed to go.

We clipped the feathers to about a centimeter length and I cleaned them every day and put a topical ointment/spray on them. They went away by the beginning of January and her feathers have since grown out to about an inch long in back (we didn't trim the front). Anyone have any idea how long it might take for her to be long and flowy again? I've heard anywhere from 3 months to 18 months and longer so I'm just curious if anyone has any ideas. Anyone clipped feathers before? How long did it take them to grow back out? I know not every horse is the same, I'm just curious how long it took others.

When life gives you lemons....chuck em at whoever is giving them to you!
I don't want lemons! I want cookies!
drafts4ever is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 01-18-2010, 04:50 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 22,258
• Horses: 0
Oh, poor girl. I have no idea how long it might take to grow back but I hope the scratches don't come back.
smrobs is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 01-18-2010, 07:00 AM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Hungary
Posts: 1,680
• Horses: 2
I don't know how long feathers take to grow back - but I will say keep a very close eye on the skin under the feather area - heavy horses are prone to several skin conditions that can result in ' scratches ' , we have two cobs here that suffer really badly if it is not noticed early enough, and it can be really awful to get rid of.
Nutty Saddler is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 01-18-2010, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Port Orchard Washington State
Posts: 1,870
• Horses: 3
I read about them and everything else before making the final steps into purchasing a Clyde, her previous owner said she's had them before normally in the winter and they went away with cleaning every day and spraying, it was never bad. I'm so anal about having clean feathers when riding though (I take her out a lot) they only really get dirty and muddy in the pasture. This is the North "Wet" though so she is walking through a lot of puddles. I towel her feet off when we get back to the barn, she doesn't like the sound of the blow dryer.

The vet said it was a very mild case only about 4 total and my obsessive cleaning is probably what minimized it. She was very good about the spray. It contained aloe and it was made by Mane and Tail. Worked great.

The vet also said that because of the mud she's obviously a bit itchy and the scratching she does against the fence is probably what opened them up. None were infected, she wasn't hot or sore really just scabby and now she's fine. I'll be keeping an eye out. I feel around every time I wash her feet.

When life gives you lemons....chuck em at whoever is giving them to you!
I don't want lemons! I want cookies!

Last edited by drafts4ever; 01-18-2010 at 07:09 AM.
drafts4ever is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 01-18-2010, 08:36 AM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Posts: 13,165
• Horses: 3
Feathers should grow about as fast as any other part of her coat but you can help it along with MTG (you should be able to get it at any tack shop or Tractor Supply Co.). It will also give you the added feature of being a topical ointment.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

It's not always what you say but what they hear.
iridehorses is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
feathers channy Horse Tack and Equipment 1 10-25-2009 08:35 AM
Mares with feathers? xilikeggs0 Draft Horses 7 04-20-2009 11:27 PM
Feathers?! BluMagic Horse Grooming 19 01-25-2009 10:07 PM
How Do You Groom Foot-Feathers? QuarterPony Horse Grooming 8 08-21-2008 12:24 PM
Spring feathers Dumas'_Grrrl Horse Grooming 9 04-19-2008 06:55 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome