Proper care of heavy feathering
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeds > Draft Horses

Proper care of heavy feathering

This is a discussion on Proper care of heavy feathering within the Draft Horses forums, part of the Horse Breeds category
  • Gypsy horse feather and mtg
  • Care for horse with heavy feathering

Like Tree3Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-26-2013, 01:42 PM
  #1
Foal
Proper care of heavy feathering

I recently purchased my first draft horse, a 7yo Shire mare. I have been working with Clydesdales for 7 years now, but have never been solely responsible for the care and maintenance before. So I'm wondering about the best way to maintain her feathering, as well as any other care pointers.

Her feather is not in great shape right now, as she has spent most of the past 3 months in a muddy field, but I gave them a thorough scrub with horse shampoo and a really good rinse on Sunday. She does not appear to have greased heel or any signs of mites, so for the most part, I'm just wanting pointers to keep them bug and infection free and get the best length and thickness she has to offer.

I've browsed around google for a few hours now, some say use pour-on Ivermectin (for cattle) others say don't use cattle products. I've heard mention of sulfer and MTG. And then oh so many say "great feather takes extra care to maintain," but neglect to mention HOW... I know washing them too often can cause over-drying, which would make them itchy, but never cleaning them gives way to fungus, mites, and other conditions. How often is best? What products do you rub in to the skin, and what ones do you want only on the hair, but not against the skin? Which do you rinse out and which to leave in? Any tips would be appreciated.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    02-26-2013, 01:55 PM
  #2
Started
I'm actually going to sub to this because my new baby boy has terrible feather issues.

He's a Belgian so not exceptionally thick. But he has, what I thought, was terrible scratches. I washed him with betadine and put on anti-itch baby powder. I've tried MTG and Desitin and SO many other things. My vet just mentioned it may be mites, so I'll be trying that - but I don't know what medicine to use she said 'just the same as dogs'.

My other draft has never had any feather issues but I take meticulous care. I don't wash her legs any more often than the rest of her (maybe twice a year). But I brush them regularly, if it's exceptionally wet or muddy out then when I bring her in I rub sawdust on her legs and brush it off a few minutes later to keep it dry. I've found moisture is worse than dry for feathered horses. I've also found heavier feathers more healthy than lighter feathers - the moisture only makes it half way to the skin, instead of all the way in and causing fungus. But when you wash your horse be sure to carefully dry, again I find sawdust to be the most effective way to dry them. I've also used a hair dryer on my new boy who's exceptionally tolerant. XD

So just keep them dry :) and brush them like the rest of their fur. But I'm very curious what others will say!
     
    03-02-2013, 12:22 PM
  #3
Foal
I too am interested in responses to your query.
     
    03-02-2013, 12:29 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by texasreb    
I too am interested in responses to your query.
Off Topic: Any chance you are from Oregon??? LOL.
     
    03-02-2013, 03:26 PM
  #5
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by nvr2many    
Off Topic: Any chance you are from Oregon??? LOL.
How'd you ever guess? I grew up in Oregon and was fortunate enough to graduate from UofO!
     
    03-02-2013, 03:45 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I use spray on Ivermectin for dogs.
One bottle will do all four legs. I think it is around $25, comes in a 8 or 12 oz spray bottle. I wash the legs, towel dry then spray.
The wet hair will help wick the medicine up to the skin. My equine vet told me to do this, just so you know, it wasn't some article I read on the internet, but this advice came from a reputable source.
It helped with mites and itching.
PunksTank and CherokeeCharlie like this.
     
    03-02-2013, 07:43 PM
  #7
Started
You can look through our information site link - link to website below.

You can also look here..

The Gypsy Horse Group :: Index

And do a search for 'feather'. Not as many great ideas as when I had the forum, but still some information. Gypsy owners have more trouble and information, regarding feather, than any other breeds. Lots of info available.

Best advice, is to keep it clean, check under feather and down to the skin, once a week. Treat as soon as anything appears. Treating for mites won't help unless bedding and surrounding areas are also treated. A horse stamping, biting at feet or rubbing against something, is a sure sign of a problem.

Lizzie
     
    03-02-2013, 08:13 PM
  #8
Trained
I learnt something new again on this forum, I didn't know feathered feet were prone to mites.
Brenna Lee likes this.
     
    03-02-2013, 09:16 PM
  #9
Trained
Ya know-its weird. My guy used to get scratches in Md/Va-but since he moved to NY about 7 yrs ago-none. No idea why, but knocking wood.......Is it the heat and humidity? If so, why does he not get any issues when it is summer in NY? Does the cold winter kill the germs? Maybe, but the last 2 winters have been mild.....I have no idea.......but it is true!
     
    03-03-2013, 04:48 PM
  #10
Started
It's interesting. Years ago, many of us thought it was damp conditions which affected horses with feather. However, our vet and farrier in S. Cal., where it is almost always very dry, say that they've seen major problems on almost every Clyde they see. A member of my old forum, finally had to put her Clyde to sleep, after years of battling problems and eventually, full blown CPL.

Lizzie
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse Costume- Leg Feathering? Phantomcolt18 Horse Talk 4 09-26-2012 11:07 PM
Preference: full-care, self-care, or in your back yard? steedaunh32 Horse Talk 16 12-29-2011 04:59 AM
Feathering seven Horse Breeds 4 10-22-2011 10:13 PM
What if asthmatic horse doesn't get proper care? manca Horse Health 7 07-23-2011 06:09 AM
Help me decide: Self care vs. Full care vs. Pasture Dream Horse Boarding 6 05-12-2011 01:07 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0