Since it isn't fly season at the moment, braid the tail. It will be easier to keep clean. Some Gypsies have such enormous and heavy tails, it is difficult for them to raise the tail, when they poop.
Re. feather and scratches.
With any feathered breeds, one need to check the feather, right down to the skin, at least once a week. Gypsies and Clydes seem to have the worst problems, but all feathered breeds are prone to scratches and CPL.
The first thing she needs to do is clip the feather down and clean the area well...dry it really well...keep it clean, and dry, and apply oil and sulfer or MTG. There is a paste called New Stock, that is also an Oil and Sulfer mix..that works too. Main thing is the get her legs clipped and clean, and dry, for a long time, until the scatches clear up. If the case is really bad, she might need some antibiotics to help...she need to really get in there and remove all the scabs and dead skin (carefully, as it is so sensitive)
Some use powdered terramycin mixed with water and spray it on the scratches
. It is drying and anti bacterial. Some people also like tea tree oil.
Another treatment to consider is an Ivermectin worm protocol....every 10 days for 6 weeks...helps get rid of mites.
Almost all the horses we import from the UK, some in with mites.
This is VERY important, for every owner of any draft breed to know.
Look here... Chronic Progressive Lymphedema