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  • Feathered horse breeds
  • Horse breeds with feathered lower legs

 
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    10-22-2011, 09:43 AM
  #1
Foal
Feathering

Which breed of horse seems to have the most feathering on there legs? My wife has one and we would like to look for some more like this type.
     
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    10-22-2011, 11:33 AM
  #2
Yearling
Gypsy vanners, shire horses, clydesdales, most cobs, fells, dales and frssian. If you posted a pic of the horse we could probably guess what breed is could be
     
    10-22-2011, 05:05 PM
  #3
Started
Gypsies, Shires and Clydesdales are considered 'feathered' breeds. All others are not. Certainly some breeds have tufts of hair, but not enough to be considered a true feathered breed. Mostly, it is just enough to make them look a bit untidy, but not full feathering as the breeds I mentioned.

Nobody can "make" feather. It is a recessive gene. Not easily aquired or kept. Breeding a feathered breed - ie. A Gypsy Horse, Shire or Clydesdale (Friesians are NOT a feathered breed) to a non feathered breed, will not get you a fully feathered offspring. The offspring is likely to have some, but not be fully feathered. Even when breeding two heavily feathered parents, offspring do not always have the feather we would like to see.

Can you post pics of your wife's horse maybe? Maybe we could tell a little about the breed.

Lizzie
     
    10-22-2011, 06:06 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
Gypsies, Shires and Clydesdales are considered 'feathered' breeds. All others are not. Certainly some breeds have tufts of hair, but not enough to be considered a true feathered breed. Mostly, it is just enough to make them look a bit untidy, but not full feathering as the breeds I mentioned.

Nobody can "make" feather. It is a recessive gene. Not easily aquired or kept. Breeding a feathered breed - ie. A Gypsy Horse, Shire or Clydesdale (Friesians are NOT a feathered breed) to a non feathered breed, will not get you a fully feathered offspring. The offspring is likely to have some, but not be fully feathered. Even when breeding two heavily feathered parents, offspring do not always have the feather we would like to see.

Can you post pics of your wife's horse maybe? Maybe we could tell a little about the breed.

Lizzie
hi I understand what your saying about the feather gene but tell me if I,m wrong ,the friesian looked to me to be a feathered breed,not the modern one but the old type def looked to me like it was ,i think[only my opinion] that they are been bred finer legged now but the dales and fell were originally bred down from them
     
    10-22-2011, 10:13 PM
  #5
Banned
Agreed that a picture would definitely help!
     

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