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post #1 of 5 Old 07-03-2015, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hay all - Feathery Feet

Hi all.

I am due to collect my new horse/pony this week. It is coming from a rescue center. I am just needing a little grooming advice.

She's and Irish Cob - with big white feathery feet, which are very VERY dirty and muddy and have been for sometime. The mud is caked on solid. The santury tries there best but they are very limited and there ground is over used and very soggy.

I've had different advice on how to clean them - one being to clipper them off to check the skin and then allow them to grown back like new - another was regular washes and conditioners and just painstakingly work through them!!

Can I have ideas??
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-03-2015, 09:40 PM
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They don't need feathers in summer and if you cut them they will grow back before winter. Unless you have a fetish for "painstaking" grooming, get some scissors (not clippers) and start cutting.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-04-2015, 01:42 AM
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This is really up to you.

If you really want to keep the feathers, then wash and brush them and carefully inspect the skin under the feathers for any sign of scratches or injury.

If you see any sign of scratches then you should clip the affected areas and wash with medicated shampoo. Keep the area as clean and dry as possible and keep an eye on it. If there's no improvement, get in touch with your vet.

If you're too lazy to brush all the hair and pick through it in search of infection or injury, then you can just cut or clip them all off from the start. They will grow back eventually.

Both methods work fine.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-04-2015, 03:52 AM
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a gypsy farm i worked on used head and shoulders shampoo on the feathers. it helped get them white and helped with scratches. also green listerine mouth wash works to get rid of scratches. you need to DRY the feathers as soon as you can after washing. otherwise your cob will have scratches before long.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-04-2015, 04:24 PM
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Personally, I would get rid of all that hair. You can then see what's under there and deal with it better if there is a problem. I would soak the hair and break up as much of the mud as possible with my hands, being as gentle as I can. Hands are a wonderful grooming tool. Then trim the feathers.
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