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post #11 of 22 Old 03-21-2012, 09:43 AM
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1/2 clydes and 1/2 shires rarely get full feathering....if you cross one back with a full clyde or shire then you have a more chance of full feathers..but even then it's noty common.


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1/2 clydes and 1/2 shires rarely get full feathering....if you cross one back with a full clyde or shire then you have a more chance of full feathers..but even then it's noty common.


Trust me they are a pain, be thankful he doesn't have them!
They look like a lot of work. LOL.
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What is the reason of their breeding? Father looks like a very stout boy but not breeding quality, would make a wonderful gelding. I do like the dam though, nice look to her, open kind face, good build...
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wow! It sure is rocky where your from!
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What is the reason of their breeding? Father looks like a very stout boy but not breeding quality, would make a wonderful gelding. I do like the dam though, nice look to her, open kind face, good build...
When we bought her she was already bred the guy said one of his stallions got to her.

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I was wondering if half drafts get the furry feet.
Heavens yes. My Georgian Grandes are Friesian/Saddlebred crosses and are getting loads of feathering.

My 4 year old mare's front foot and back foot. Front feathering already reaches the ground and back feathering will before long.
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Not all draft crosses are feathered like that though.

This guy is half draft and he's barely got more feathers than a standard stock horse.


And that picture is of him in his full winter fuzzies.

In the summer, he is pretty clean-legged

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Not all drafts have feathering, so obviously you won't get feathering just from breeding to a draft. Go with heavier feathered breeds. Gypsy, Friesians, etc.... and you have to look at the blood lines, because even breeds known for heavy feathering don't always produce a lot of feathering. But if you have a Stallion with heavy feathering you have good odds of getting a cross that has good feathering too.
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Most of the time, Friesians have less feather than other feathered breeds. Feathering is recessive. Not easily bred for or kept. Some extremely heavily feathered Gypsies for example, do not always produce extreme feather in their offspring, even when bred to another heavily feathered horse.

Gypsies mostly have more feathering than other feathered breeds, but when crossbred, don't usually produce it profusely in the offspring. However, they usually produce more in crossbreds, than when using Clydes or Shires, for example.

I don't consider the stallion you showed, as having feather. He might be a cross himself.

This is what we like to see in Gypsies - stallions and mares.





This is not considered feather. Nobody would want a Gypsy Horse with this. Probably a crossbred something.



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I don't consider the stallion you showed, as having feather. He might be a cross himself.


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I didn't show a stallion. That's my 4 year old mare. Her sire has a LOT more feathering than she does.

I've never seen an classical baroque style Frisian that didn't have good feathering. I've seen the more slender, almost sport looking ones often have less.

Nothing is for certain when you breed, let alone cross breed. I've Clydesdales with less feathing than my mare. Doean't alter that if the blood line you beed from has a lot of feathering you have good odds of getting it too.
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