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    12-29-2011, 11:58 AM
Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
Don't cut them compleatly off they will bleed like a stuck pig. You can trim them or leave them alone your choice, I have never heard of them hurting anything. I have my farrier trim them or you can use a sissors and cut them to about 1/2 inch or more. They are made of the same tissue as that of a hoof, so if cut to close you do hit sensative tissue.
Thanks, I think I will just leave them for now...I don't really have a strong stomach for that type of stuff .
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    12-29-2011, 12:13 PM
Green Broke
It is not bad just like cutting a fingernail. Your horse's head looks nice I would love to see a photo of the whole guy.
    12-29-2011, 02:36 PM
Go here..

Chronic Progressive Lymphedema

And read what I have written. Your horse doesn't probably have CPL yet, but it is something you should know about. Treat for scratches first. Almost every horse we have brought in from England, had mites, so treat for that first. Keep the area clean and shave if necessary. You don't need to shave the whole feathered area, but just the area behind the pastern. Do you see your horse itching his legs on things or biting at his feet? If so, it is probably mites. Horses with problems within the feather, will also often stamp the foot a lot.

And don't feel bad. Our farrier does a ton of Shires and Clydes. He told us that every horse he trims, has scratches or CPL. Doesn't seem to have much to do with being wet either, since we are in S. California and there is no pasture. All are in dry sand lots usually.

    12-29-2011, 02:45 PM
Since my horse has feathering.. is that typical of dutch warmbloods or paints?
    12-29-2011, 02:58 PM
You can ask your farrier to trim them for you too. My draft's ergots are iron hard and I'm not strong enough to cut them. I always say if there was money to be made selling chestnuts, I'd be rich. Cody grows about an inch a month!
    12-29-2011, 03:04 PM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Since my horse has feathering.. is that typical of dutch warmbloods or paints?
How much feathering? There are feathered horses and horses with tufts, which we do not consider a feathered horse.

Look here and you can get some idea of what I am talking about.

About Feather

    12-29-2011, 03:45 PM
Green Broke
CPL is exactly what Sam has. It is a constant battle, the prescription remedy was very expensive. The equine vet said that his proticol "cures" about 85%, of course Sam was in the 15%. It gets worse every year. The vets prescription called for:
Day one Gentocin IV
Dexamethazone IV
Frontline spray on his legs-
liquid Ivermectin orally

Day two Gentocin IV

Day three Gentocin IV

Days 4-10 Sulfa tablets

Days 10 - 40 Prednisilone tapering off for about the next month

Along with Fast Track probiotic the entire 10 days.
This prescription lasted about a year, then we did it all over again.
    12-29-2011, 03:56 PM
Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
How much feathering? There are feathered horses and horses with tufts, which we do not consider a feathered horse.

Look here and you can get some idea of what I am talking about.

About Feather

Then I'd say it's more like long tufts.

Thanks for the info :)
    12-29-2011, 04:27 PM
The first pic is an older one of him that I got from his breeder. The last one is from the night he arrived at our farm. You can't really tell by that pic but he needs to put on a good bit of weight. He is a sweetheart though!
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    12-29-2011, 04:54 PM
Green Broke
WOW!! He is beautiful, Is he a black? You are so lucky he does't have a docked tail. My Sam would sell his soul to the devil for a tail like that. How tall is he and what are you planning to do with him.

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