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Hello! I have a gypsy vanner weanling and while I have owned a fluffy pony for 15 years, I haven't had to deal with feathers quite like his! Could someone give me some tips on how to care for them during the winter? I lightly brush them out every day with a hard brush, and if I find anything that I feel needs untangling, I will spray some detangler and brush out with an Oster mane/tail brush.

I also live in Indiana where its been getting pretty cold, so I don't feel comfortable running a hose over his legs unless I absolutely have to. I have my own little barn, so no fancy hot water hook-ups. I want to prevent ice and dreads!

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Pig oil and sulphur are the things traditionally used on feathered breeds.
The Pig Oil is so called because it used to be used on pigs, not because it’s a bi product of the pig industry.
Pig Oil is a skin safe mineral oil
This link explains why the combination is used.
Feather mites, that are the major cause of scratches/mud fever, are a huge problem in feathered horses so you need to be getting your ‘prevention is better than cure’ management strategy in place now.
 
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