Hi all, im new to the site but would just like to ask if any body nows how long it takes feather to grow back??!, iv got a gypsie cob and the previouse owner has cut his feather,any help much appretiated,,thanks,,mandy
I think at least a year. Probably easier for you in the UK, where it is damp. Hard to grow feather and keep it, here in the desert, SW of the US.
Once it is grown, make absolutely sure, you check under it, right down to the skin, once a week. Watch for signs of stamping, biting at feet while standing or lying down and/or rubbing the back of feet and pasterns, on anything handy. Look here for info as to why I say this...
Chronic Progressive Lymphedema
PS. Pictures are a must! On this forum, if you don't show us pics, then most of us don't believe the animal exists.
Hi,, i will have a good look at his feather,, i have noticed he stamps his back right foot, he was in the stable due to the warm weather but just put it down to him wanting to go back in feild, i havent seen him doing this when he in feild,, ( only got him friday) also i havent seen him biting or itching at his feet ( and i have spent a lot of time with him since i got him) wil have a good look tomorow,, thanks for that xxx
You are welcome. Stamping is a sure sign he is itching. I'm betting he has mites. Every Gypsy we have imported from the UK, has mites and this starts the problem. Now that his feather is cut, it will be easy for you to treat his pasterns and get him well before the it grows back. If there is any staining on the back of his feet, he's been biting or rubbing on something. The bedding in his stable, will need to be treated too.
Can't wait to see him and congrats on your new horse. Do you know his background?
If he is prone to getting cruddies under his feathers, that may be the reason his previous owner kept them trimmed. Or maybe s/he just didn't want to have to keep up with them so s/he kept them trimmed.
I would also think it would take at least a year to regrow fully.
And I also agree that we need pictures!!
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