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post #1 of 9 Old 09-30-2010, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Do you think she will have Clyde feathers?

Rumour is my 5 month old filly. She is 1/2 Clydesdale 1/4 Appaloosa 1/4 Welsh.
I'm just curious as to whether you guys think she will grow feathers like her sire. Sonya, her dam, has feathers too. Not like a draft, but on her fetlocks.

Here she is now:

Her feathers have thinned out from her shedding her baby coat. They were thicker when she still had her baby coat.

And just a pic to show you what I mean about Sonya's feathers. This is without trimming them for about 4 months.

And her sire's (he's the bay, they are trimmed up a bit obviously tho.) and thats her grand sire beside him:

Thanks for any information!!

Sonya ~ 5 yr old Appaloosa/Welsh mare
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-30-2010, 08:04 PM
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I think she's going to have very similar to what she has now. I doubt she will get full feathering.

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-30-2010, 08:07 PM
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I think it kinda just depends on which genes she inherited. Rafe is half draft, Bessie has monster feathers, and he doesn't have any. His legs are cleaner than most my QHs LOL. On the other side, our neighbor has a perchxpaint baby that is just a few months old and he has more feathers than my mustang already.

Just from looking at her now, I would guess that she will have some feathers but nothing even close to her sire.

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They'll probably just be a little fluffy.... and a little fluffier in the winter :)

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post #5 of 9 Old 10-01-2010, 07:21 PM
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No. What she has now, is what she is going to have when she grows up. It was explained to me by some clyde breeders a long time ago, that it's the way they judge how feathery this foals will be. The way they look as a foal, is what is going they will look like as full grown horse. Sorry hope you weren't hoping for feathers.
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I don't really care if she has feathers or not. I mean, feathers are pretty, but hard to keep clean in muddy weather.

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post #7 of 9 Old 10-02-2010, 08:06 PM
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Feather is recessive, so it's doubtful you would get much from that cross. Even if you bred a heavily feathered horse to a lightly feathered one, you'd be liable to get offspring with little hair on the feet.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 12:18 AM
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Nope feathers. She will just have a bit of hair on her fetlocks...Feathers are overrated anyway..they just cause nasty things like scratches! Need constant grooming and taking care of..

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post #9 of 9 Old 10-05-2010, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Alaskadraft View Post
Nope feathers. She will just have a bit of hair on her fetlocks...Feathers are overrated anyway..they just cause nasty things like scratches! Need constant grooming and taking care of..

I was under the impression that feather was to help PREVENT nasty things like scratches. If you think about it, Clydes (and Shires... and Gypsy Cobs) are bred in a wet climate zone - if the feathering was that big of an issue, I'm thinking the feather would be bred OUT of them, rather than prized by breeders.

We own two Clydes, and so long as they CAN get dry we've found the feather actually wicks away any moisture, and keeps mud away from the skin.

Other than dirt stains (both have white legs... so the stains are pretty obvious most of the time) they stay pretty "heeby-geebie" free too... occasionally one of them will get the odd bramble or burr ball caught up in them (he has very thick, coarse feathering) - but overall they get little "regular care" and seem to do just fine...

That said... we also have plenty of pasture space for them, and they never have to stand in mud if they don't want to, which might make a big difference.
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