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  • Cross bread horse feathers
  • My arabian has feathers

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    06-09-2013, 02:04 AM
Okay... So true feathers, obviously, are the Clyde style feathers. Start farther up the leg, go all the way around, cover the hoof. Impossible to keep clean (LOL)

The fetlock tuft... Is there a different name for it? Just 'Fetlock Tuft?' Would it be wrong to call them feathers, per se? I wouldn't mind calling them whatever, I just want to be correct in whatever I say. :)
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    06-09-2013, 02:11 AM
All horses have little tufts of hair on their fetlocks. Some more than others. Certainly one can call it hair, feather, tufts or whatever one likes. Most usually it just makes a horse look untidy. On my light horses I always shaved it off.

In the last thirty or so years, I have seen Friesian breeders seemingly trying to keep what feather their horses have or breed to those with more. Years ago I had a friend who bred them and her horses had nowhere near the hair/feather on the feet, that I see today.

Mostly in the US, we think of feathered breeds as Shires, Clydesdales, Gypsies and Drum Horses. To most, a Drum Horse must be a cross of a Gypsy with a Shire or Clydesdale. Or two Drums of course. Since most of us don't consider Friesians a true feathered breed, there is some discourse among those who favour one Drum Horse registry over the one which allows Friesians as part of the Drum Horse.

    06-09-2013, 04:02 AM
@FeatherdFeet, I'm not looking to scam people or buy into any fads. I am simply wondering if ANYONE ELSE has had any luck with cross breeding these to achieve my desired look. Furthermore I realize you cannot create a new breed from only a few hybrid matings (it was an expression).
    06-09-2013, 04:16 AM
And I really do wish mother nature would see eye to eye with me on this one. I mean, could you imagine how lovely an arabian with feathering and an extremely thick main and tail would be?!
    06-09-2013, 04:20 AM
I really didn't think you were out to scam anyone, but just saying that is what often happens when some decide to make 'new breeds'.

If I were you I'd stick to breeding purebreds. If you do decide to crossbreed, stick to like x like and then only after you've done a huge amount of homework in horses and breeding in general.

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    06-09-2013, 04:23 AM
Yeah my family only breeds purebred arabs (and occasionally anglo arabs). I'm not too experienced in that area to be honest, but I had to hope!
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    06-09-2013, 04:36 AM
I still say that the closest you will get to the horse you desire is a gypsy.
They have small refined heads , feathers and are more saddle type than the clydes and shires. They also are not as coarse as most drafts. Shalom
    06-09-2013, 04:40 AM
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
I still say that the closest you will get to the horse you desire is a gypsy.
They have small refined heads , feathers and are more saddle type than the clydes and shires. They also are not as coarse as most drafts. Shalom
I do like gypsy vanners, but for my purposes, I would rather have an arab. Also I have never seen a gypsy with a refined head, beautiful coloring and feathers yes.
    06-09-2013, 04:47 AM
IMO compared to the other drafts they do have refined heads. Like percherons.
They don't have the exotic heads of modern halter bred arabians. I have a couple of mares that are coarse for arabians yet if they were another breed would be refined.
I think they resemble the modern welsh cobb with feathering and spots.
That horse in Feathered feets avatar has a very nice head. Shalom
    06-09-2013, 04:52 AM
That is true. I just tend to be a fan of lighter breeds. And really and truly quite a few arabians are too typey for my taste (usually due to poor breeding). Hence I usually go for polish arabs.

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