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post #11 of 14 Old 09-20-2019, 03:29 AM
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Majority of horses i dealt with didn't have much in the way of feathers and if hey did have any I would keep them trimmed.

Never had problems with them getting mud fever or any other problems.

Interesting what Caledonian says about native U.K. Ponies and feathering. The Dales, Fell, Welsh Cob and Highland all have good feathering, Dartmoor, Exmoor, New Forest, Welsh Mountain and Connemara have minimal.
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Also, Foxhunter, other UK natives; the Eriskay and Shetland from the Scottish Islands and the, now extinct in its own right, Galloway, from the Scottish/English border, have/had minimal feathers despite living in, possibly, the toughest areas.

The difference between the heavier and lighter feathered Mountain and Moorlands, seems to be a combination of some natural extra feathering, but also interference from us to produce larger, stronger and more versatile animals for riding and driving as well as draught work.

As I understand, itís an additive gene action which increases feathers, several pairs are involved which means that horses with some Arab, TB or Shire in their background will have different amounts of feathering. Those with little or no interference such as the Eriskay and Dartmoor will be closer to their natural state.
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Mites are the cause of scratches/mud fever in heavily feathered horses, keep the mites away and you donít have a problem.
I do clip our cobs legs all year round, simply because Iím not a fan of long feathers, it doesnít have any detrimental effect on her in the winter - when you think about it, she lives in exactly the same conditions as her companions who have very little hair on their legs at all and they cope OK. Our IDSH still hasnít read the memo about needing to grow a decent winter coat for New England temperatures!
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@Caledonian fascinating!
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