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        08-10-2009, 12:50 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Horsefeathers!

    I am currently leasing a Friesian x Paint Sporthorse gelding and he just turned four. I want to start to clean him up and make him look sharper so
    I'm having trouble deciding whether or not what I want to do with his feathers on his fetlocks. He has four white stockings from his Paint mother and the feathers don't cover this entire foot, just behind right where the fetlock sticks out. It is white and it accumulates a lot of dirt so they get filthy quickly. We are training him to jump and we are doing a lot of dressage with him in hopes to do some eventing in the future. I have asked around and many people say I should cut them and some say that it adds to his Friesian build and to keep them because if I cut them he might just look like an oversized paint horse. Any opinions? Suggestions? I will post a pitcure with this. Thank you!
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        08-10-2009, 12:54 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    My horse is also part Frieisan and has these feathers. Hers are black though. I'd leave them because you're friends are right, it's part of who he is. It shows other people that he has a different breed in him and that he really isn't just a severely oversized paint. You'll just have to clean him more often if you have the desire to keep those clean.
         
        08-10-2009, 01:08 PM
      #3
    Started
    Yeah I would keep them they are lovely
         
        08-10-2009, 01:09 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    I would not cut them!! Hah
         
        08-10-2009, 01:10 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Okay thanks guys!! =]
         
        08-10-2009, 01:37 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    I never trim my horses feathers, it makes him unique! You're just going to have to clean them often in order to keep them sparkly white!
         
        08-10-2009, 07:22 PM
      #7
    Showing
    I am normally a huge advocate for leave it long but you can definitely see the Fresian in the way he is built. His feathers are really not flashy enough to add to his appearance, IMHO. He just looks like an unkept show horse (no offense intended). If you are planning to take him on the show circuit, clean legs would be better. If he had feathers more like a fresian, then I would say keep them but I have seen QHs with more feathers than that. It just makes his legs look messy in my opinion.

    I am one for clipping them. ;p
         
        08-10-2009, 07:25 PM
      #8
    Trained
    I agree with smrobs. My QH has at least that much when I let them go over the winter. I think he would look nicer without them.
         
        08-10-2009, 08:08 PM
      #9
    Yearling
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    I am normally a huge advocate for leave it long but you can definitely see the Fresian in the way he is built. His feathers are really not flashy enough to add to his appearance, IMHO. He just looks like an unkept show horse (no offense intended). If you are planning to take him on the show circuit, clean legs would be better. If he had feathers more like a fresian, then I would say keep them but I have seen QHs with more feathers than that. It just makes his legs look messy in my opinion.

    I am one for clipping them. ;p
    I totally agree with smrobs. You can certainly tell he has some Fresian in him just by his build. To me the feathers look quite sloppy. My Tb who never grows much hair at all had feathers about that big. He would look so much tidier plus it would be easier for you to keep clean.
         
        08-11-2009, 03:31 AM
      #10
    Started
    I agree with smrobs too, I think he would look cleaner without them, and since they really aren't like fresians' feathers they aren't really a part of what shows that he's part fresian. He definitely does have the build there so I know I would be able to tell that he wasn't just a large paint.
    And I must add, he's very handsome =)
         

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