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.