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post #201 of 214 Old 12-30-2012, 10:20 AM
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No Clydesdale or shire or Gypsy owner I know washes and blow dries their feather LOL. All it takes is a good grooming session, a bowl of warm water and shampoo (to shampoo the feather and rinse). Drying is done as naturally as possible with a little help from wood shavings. The feather is then finished off with white wood flour if they have white socks. So much nicer than CLIPPING...Arrrrrrggggghhhhh.
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post #202 of 214 Old 12-30-2012, 12:12 PM
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Feathering coming from all around the leg as is often seen with Gypsy ponies is absolutely a breed No No.

But is an absolute requirement, in a Gypsy.

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Absolutely Lizzie - and that's why this happens as she has 'gypsy feather'!!!
I can actually feel bluebird sticking those pins in that wax effigy she has of me!!!!
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No Clydesdale or shire or Gypsy owner I know washes and blow dries their feather LOL. All it takes is a good grooming session, a bowl of warm water and shampoo (to shampoo the feather and rinse). Drying is done as naturally as possible with a little help from wood shavings. The feather is then finished off with white wood flour if they have white socks. So much nicer than CLIPPING...Arrrrrrggggghhhhh.

Mine are done first with hand hot water and a washing up liquid - Sunlight - and a soft nail brush to get right to the skin. Then rinse. Towel dry.

Then a wash with blue shampoo, worked well in and left for 20 mins to dye the feather. Rinse, towel dry

Then the super whitening stuff - Curash Baby powder with zinc, tip powder into a bowl mix with warm water to a soft paste. Work paste into the hair - I use a tooth brush on the areas close to the skin. Leave to dry and then brush out.
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absolutely lizzie - and that's why this happens as she has 'gypsy feather'!!!
I can actually feel bluebird sticking those pins in that wax effigy she has of me!!!!
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Absolutely Lizzie - and that's why this happens as she has 'gypsy feather'!!!
I can actually feel bluebird sticking those pins in that wax effigy she has of me!!!!


Ha Ha Ha I LOVE IT!!! Look at how tidy her legs look.

I better stop teasing BlueBird or she is going to cry. I love how they look both ways. Oh, but I AM the blow dry queen. I would be power drying those babies and a bit of corn starch to whiten for shows as needed.
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Ha Ha Ha I LOVE IT!!! Look at how tidy her legs look.

I better stop teasing BlueBird or she is going to cry. I love how they look both ways. Oh, but I AM the blow dry queen. I would be power drying those babies and a bit of corn starch to whiten for shows as needed.
Try the baby powder mix - you can bandage over when there are no feather and they are just amazingly white
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Try the baby powder mix - you can bandage over when there are no feather and they are just amazingly white

I will give it a try. I see you are from the other side of the pond. I have to say, I love the hats that you folks wear in the show ring. I must admit, part of me wishes hats would come back in here. I wish "formal" would come back. I enjoy being relaxed as much as the next guy but... there is a time and a place for it. (can you tell I am old?) I look like a dork in a hat but I still love them. Wish I could wear one and look like this
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So classy looking. Funny how a picture can set one off, isn't it?
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I don't know from first hand experience whether or not a draft can make a good dressage horse, since it takes an Act of God to get Ahab to even walk, but we like to pretend. Doesn't he look stunning in his new dressage cooler?

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I think it is time, before the entire thread is derailed. With that in mind, wouldn't you love to get your hands on this beauty and work some basic dressage.? As she gets older. Axeholme Shires - Axeholme Corvallis

Oh, yeah! What a beautiful horse. Of course, I spent all of yesterday on their website drooling... thanks a lot! I think it is more challenging choosing a dressage prospect from the draft breeds, because there isn't a lot of background information on most of these breeds in dressage. You can't go by pedigree, except in a general way; there is usually show information, but not necessarily related to riding.
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Here is a shire filly with whom I am rather besotted... she is 3 months old in the photo; any way of determining whether or not she would be a good prospect for lower level work in dressage?

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