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    05-27-2013, 10:55 PM
  #1
Foal
Off With The Feathers! *I Cut Them!*

Alright, so I broke an oath this year. I told myself I would NEVER cut my Haflinger's feather, ever in the history of ever. But I did this year. And not even at gunpoint!

This winter, they seemed to have gotten stained with dirt and poop and general uck. Even after spending 10 minutes scrubbing EACH foot with regular and whitening shampoo, they were still stained. And also, they didn't really fit under her new SMB boots. There were always stray hairs peeking out the edges looking weird. So, I decided to chop them off. I took out the clippers, closed my eyes, and...


Before (yes, this is AFTER the super-bath!):


And After (same leg, same day, same spot, ect. Not even after another bath):


How does she look? This was actually back in April, but I just found the pictures today. I actually already needed to redo them, and did that just today, so if you want to see some full-body pictures, I could get them tomorrow! I really like it. Her leg looks longer and straighter.
No, I'm not trying to convince everyone to chop off the feathers. I just though it was interesting, the difference it made.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? All are welcome.
     
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    05-27-2013, 11:00 PM
  #2
Trained
You did a nice job, I would be interested in seeing all of her see what the overall result is.

I've made the same vow before, and then clipped them off for the same reasons, the biggest downfall, I miss that nice handy handle for picking up feet!
     
    05-27-2013, 11:06 PM
  #3
Started
Very tidy!!!!!! Nice trim. I can see where all that hair could be a problem with boots.

Personally I don't like long tails dragging around in the mud and dirt (of which there is no shortage in this area). So with scissors in hand I keep those tails 10-12 inches off the ground.
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    05-27-2013, 11:14 PM
  #4
Foal
Oh, yes, the handle! Definitely the worst part.

I solved the tail problem by bagging it. Being a Haflinger, her tail is insanely thick, and would just look wonky trimmed that sort. Beside, I love long tails, so I bag it in the winter, and usually leave it loose in the summer (when they are out on dry grass).

And thank you both. It turned out much nicer than expected. :)
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    05-27-2013, 11:19 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I like it!
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    05-27-2013, 11:45 PM
  #6
Foal
Very nice trim! I like clean looking legs,and this to me looks much cleaner! Any full body pictures?! :)
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    05-28-2013, 12:27 AM
  #7
Foal
Yeah, I'll get some tomorrow. Glad you all like it so much! I definititely prefer cleaner looking legs on most horses, unless it's an obvious draft- or cob-type horse. Then they sometimes look top-heavy without their feathers!
     
    05-28-2013, 01:42 AM
  #8
Trained
Very nice! I like it better!
     
    05-28-2013, 02:14 AM
  #9
Yearling
You definitely know how to handle a pair of clippers, haha. Personally, I'm not a fan of feathers at all, except-maybe- a little bit (I also think they make pretty nifty handles, haha). I've always felt that they were a nuisance, and preferred to admire their prettiness from afar, on other peoples' horses, and under someone elses care. Plus, I just really like how nice and clean horses look without them.
     
    05-30-2013, 09:06 PM
  #10
Weanling
I clip my Haffy's feathers too. I like the clean look on the legs although I'm not as good as you are. I'm still learning. Good thing Sonny's hair grows fast. You did a nice job. It looks great.
     

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