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  • Whats best to clean horse feathers that are white
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    02-20-2012, 12:05 AM

Hi =) ok so I have a gypsy/shire mare, and was wondering what the best way to keep her feathers clean and the best way to clean them? I use mtg and I can wash them but there has to be something diffrent. Any ideas? Thanks!
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    02-20-2012, 12:21 AM
Well I am thinking after you shampoo them up, spray a load of showsheen on them. Will keep any stains & mud from clinging & they will brush out nice. Although I have no feathered feet to take care of, this is what I do for white sox on my show horse. Even hoofblack brushes off.
    02-20-2012, 02:24 AM
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When showing Shire horses the way we get their feathers white is to rub the lower leg with Pig Oil. I am not sure if you can get this in the US but any vegetable oil should do. Rub this well into the feather making sure it goes right to the skin and leave in for about an hour.
Then wash off with plenty of hot soapy water and rinse well with either more hot water or the hose.
Get a sack of wood flour, this is finer than sawdust, and you rub this into the feathers whilst they are wet. This helps to fluff the feather out whilst drying them.
When dry comb through the feathers.

If you stand the horse on a sack whilst using the wood flour you can reuse it as you go.

Once their legs were clean and dry I would bandage them from the knee/hock to the top of the coronary band.

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