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  • Clydesdale feather whitening
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    05-04-2009, 08:13 PM
I saw pics of your mare! She's gorgeous. Makes me even more excited to get my girl =) That's a really good idea (to shave the bottom layer) Might have to do that...
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    05-06-2009, 06:42 PM
Originally Posted by BackInTheSaddleAgain    
I don't have my draft, yet, but hope to get a shire or clyde in the next few months. I know someone who works with the Budweiser Clydes and she was telling me about how hard it is to keep the mites and dirt off of their feathers. She took me in the back to see a mare, lifted the feathers and showed me healing sores.
Does anyone have any tips on feathers? Is wrapping them an option? Someone suggested I shave them off, but that makes me sick to my stomach to think about. Thanks in advance =)
How about leaving something like baby shampoo on the feathers when he's stalled and rinsing them off when you ride. Maybe the dirt wouldn't stick to the hair and stain it as badly?
    05-06-2009, 10:27 PM
I wouldn't advise leaving a shampoo on the feathers because it can possibly irritate and dry the skin. You need to make sure to spend time brushing out your draft's feathers and keeping them nice and dry. In muddy, wet conditions it is going to be hard but it is possible to keep them clean. Just make sure you set aside a little extra time every day you see your horse to brush out the feathers and check for the beginnings of any fungal infections.

As for whitening, use a GOOD whitening shampoo such as Quic Silver. It's what I used on my Clydesdale. Rub in really, really good, then make sure to rinse it really good too. After washing with the whitening shampoo you can either brush in baby powder or corn starch to keep them a nice, pristine white. If you are just doing a quick spot job on a particularly tough stain rub it in really good and brush briskly. :) Eventually you will get into a good grooming routine and those feathers will be silky smooth and pristine white.
    05-07-2009, 12:20 PM
Well I washed my Clyde yesterday & used the Quick Silver shampoo, it didn't get it all out but then again some parts were pretty dirty, they are all soft and clean tho!! Another bath with focus only on her feathers will (should) get her feathers beautiful. I recommend you keep a few bottles in your barn, or some sort of whitening shampoo for her feathers. Be sure you wash your hands afterwards tho, these shampoos are purple and they turn your nails purple.

My horses get fed twice a day (like most horses do) and we fly spray them at both feedings, I take a brush into Evie's stall and brush her feathers, since I'm in there anyway why not? That may be another idea for you, even if you just do it once a day.

Idk about your place but a SMALL part of their pasture has some burr bushes and OF COURSE the horses LOOOVE to graze in them so I constantly clean burrs out of manes, tails, forelocks and now Evie's feathers. Since her feathers are clean and soft it made the burrs slip right out, thank gosh.
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