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    07-14-2010, 03:37 AM
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Question scratches and feathers

At the barn my horses are at it gets pretty muddy by the fences and this past winter Caleigh got some minor scratches. We shaved the back of her feathers off where the scratches were and I cleaned her feet and sprayed her every other day as the vet recommended to relieve it. Now her feathers have grown back but to avoid it this winter I'm tempted to shave them all off.
I have a couple winter photo shoots where the photographers have asked she be in her full winter fuzzies but after that if it's all mud and no snow like this past winter the feathers will be coming off.

My question. Does anyone know how long it might take for them to grow back?
     
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    07-14-2010, 11:55 AM
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The simple answer would be a question; how long did it take them to grow back last time?

My best guess would be a few months. It shouldn't take as long as the mane/tail, and longer than the normal coat. This is based on how long it takes Gracie to grow back a spot on her coat when she loses it doing something silly, then adding time for the extra hair Caleigh would be growing.
     
    07-14-2010, 12:43 PM
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Erring on the side of caution, are you sure that it is indeed just scratches and not CPL?
     
    07-15-2010, 02:41 AM
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Yup. Vet checked and looked. Said they were scratches and they heal very quickly and they're very small patches. They don't get bloody or scabby, just a little flakey and itchy for her so we shaved off the back of her feathers and sprayed some stuff for scratches on there and they were gone in about a week. She doesn't have them now since the ground is dry.
She didn't run any tests though. She just looked after we trimmed the hair off and said they didn't look like anything other than some scratches and told me to pick up some spray for it at the tack store. I can't remember for the life of me what it's called but it helped really fast. It's in my tackbox now waiting for winter.
     
    07-15-2010, 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
The simple answer would be a question; how long did it take them to grow back last time?

My best guess would be a few months. It shouldn't take as long as the mane/tail, and longer than the normal coat. This is based on how long it takes Gracie to grow back a spot on her coat when she loses it doing something silly, then adding time for the extra hair Caleigh would be growing.
Well we didn't shave them completely off last time we just trimmed the backs and those aren't yet fully back now and we trimmed in november. Her fronts grow pretty fast from just regular maintenance trims so I'm hoping it won't take forever. I've read anywhere from 4-18 months to grow back I'm hoping it's on the quicker side.
     

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