The farrier & the feathered draft

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    02-19-2014, 11:01 AM
The farrier & the feathered draft

How do you keep your draft's feather out of the way for the farrier?

I have tried wrapping them up with leg wraps and vet wrap, always ending with the wraps sliding out of place and the hair falling back down. Tried holding them back, but then I'm in the way. I've heard of people using duct tape, but I feel that would rip out more hair than the rasp. Anyone have good methods to keep the feather safe and out of the way of the farrier so he can do his job well and my horse can keep her pretty feather?
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    02-19-2014, 11:16 AM
Could you braid them?
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    02-19-2014, 11:20 AM
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I never had any luck with keeping feathers out of the way. When we used the shoeing stock, I coud hold them out of the way if I needed to, but it never bothered any of the farriers who worked in my own barn with no stock to just leave them loose.

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    02-19-2014, 11:28 AM
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Elasticated tubular bandage (used for humans) pulled up over hoof and around feathers, my friend uses this with great success for the farrier and he really appreciates it.
    02-19-2014, 11:32 AM
We use ponytail holders! If your drafts feathers are long enough, this can work quite well:

It also serves as a source of entertainment for those who are easily amused!
    02-19-2014, 11:49 AM
I thought about braiding them around the hoof, but that would take forever. Hadn't even thought of just banding them up, genius idea I'll have to try next time! Did you paint a smiley face of oil on those feet?
    02-19-2014, 11:56 AM
Originally Posted by Southern Grace    
I thought about braiding them around the hoof, but that would take forever. Hadn't even thought of just banding them up, genius idea I'll have to try next time! Did you paint a smiley face of oil on those feet?
Haha yes! Our farrier painted a face on Willie's hoof with hoof polish! We are a mature bunch! :-p
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    02-19-2014, 12:50 PM
Pantyhose or nylons with the toe cut off? Or stretchy leggings maybe? You would need to cut the legs apart of the garments - might be worth a try. :)

It's especially tricky when you are hot shoeing these guys - I hate singeing the feathers!
    02-20-2014, 10:36 AM
Yep, I had tried leggings, but her hooves are so wide, I couldn't get them around the bottom of the hoof, and the ones that did were too loose at the pastern to keep the feather up.
    02-20-2014, 12:57 PM
Socks! Just cut the toes off and pull them over the hooves. If socks are too small, use the sleeves of old sweatshirts - keep the elastic wrist bit on the hooves and just tie up the sleeve around the leg (so it looks like the horse is wearing a sweater).
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