Originally Posted by Alaskadraft
Nope ...no 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.