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Grooming feathers on a horse!

 

Grooming feathers isn’t too complicated – just time-consuming. The most important things to consider involve how to monitor all of the things that feathers hide: tendons and ligaments, lower leg skin, and the coronary band.  Clipping is optional, and some horses may benefit from a tidy lower leg with less feathering.

 

  • When there is a lot of feathering on your horse’s legs, it’s more challenging to do a daily leg inspection. Heat and swelling from a tendon injury can be hidden, and you might not see new wind puffs.

 

  • You may also face a bit of a challenge delivering ice therapy to your horse’s legs, in which case I suggest wetting the leg and feathers to help the cold goodness reach its target.

 

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  • The hair around the pasterns and fetlocks is also an excellent way for scratches to remain partially hidden. The extra feather hair can retain moisture on the skin, making skin issues more likely. It’s also harder to apply medications through all of that hair.

 

  • The top of your horse’s hoof is also covered a bit. Be sure to lift the hair and inspect the coronary band and heel bulbs daily. These areas are the first to show cuts, scrapes, and quarter cracks. You can sometimes prevent some quarter cracks from traveling down the hoof if you can catch it when it’s just on top of the coronary band.

 

 

This horse, standing guard at Buckingham Palace, has his feathers trimmed. This makes grooming and leg care a little easier.

 

A few things to remember when grooming feathers:

 

  • Your horse should be on a well-balanced diet to maintain some healthy hair-growing habits.  Omega 3 fatty acids support healthy skin and coat.

 

  • Clean and protect the hair with a gentle shampoo and your choice of detanglers. This will help to repel stains and keep knots out of the feathers. You may be experimenting with some products, as residues can be irritating and attractive to dirt. You can also use stain removal sprays to spot treat dirty areas.

 

  • Use grooming oils like No. 1 Light Oil and No. 2 Heavy Oil to condition, detangle, and ward away mud from your horse’s skin after a shampoo. Apply liberally and brush it in. Oily feathers literally repel mud and water from your horse.

 

  • Feathered legs tend to have many extraneous, elephant hair-type stragglers that grow up the legs and over the knees and hocks, front and back. These spikey hairs can be trimmed with your clippers used in the SAME direction as the hair grows to tidy up the legs. This presents a much nicer and cleaner show picture.

 

  • Care for your horse’s feathers daily. This will save you time in the long run!

 

 

Although this horse doesn’t have feathers, his knees are crazy fuzzy. I touch up with the clippers every so often. Run the blade along the direction of the hair growth.

 

 

What do you guys like to do to maintain tidy feathers?

 

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You can pick up these grooming oils here! As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases, which is no extra charge to you! I greatly appreciate your support!

I love Easy Out for touch-up stain removal!

 

You can also snap up a bottle of the grooming oil I love 

No. 2 Heavy Oil, just a bit of deeper conditioning for dry winter coats.

This Omega Fatty acid supplement from KER is easy to dose. 

 

Another fatty acid supplement option.

 

This fatty acid supplement also has vitamins and minerals.

 

Chia seeds for horses

TRIMMERS

Wahl Professional Animal Bravura Lithium Clipper – this includes the 5 in 1 blade that goes from a #9 to a #40. Perfect for designs!

Wahl Professional Animal ARCO with 5 in 1 blade

 

The Chromado, also available in black.

 

Wahl’s Creativa horse trimmer is also availabe in pink.

BODY CLIPPERS

 

The KM10’s are the gold standard for horse body clippers.

 

The Pro Ion, this is a body clipper that uses 30-15-10 blade system.

The Lister Stars – the best shear-style clippers for horses!

 

Blades for body clippers, the detachable style.

 

The 10 Wide blade for body clippers, the detachable style.

A 5 in 1 replacement blade.

Lister Star blades, fine cut.

 

Liste Star Blades, Medium

 

30-15-10’s adjustable blade.

 

BLADE CARE

Clipper Blade Coolant- You still need to use oil

Clipper Oil – please use this every five minutes as you are clipping. 

 

Professional Animal Stainless Steel Attachment Guide Combs for Wahl’s Bravura, Arco, Chromado, Figura, and Motion Pet Clippers (3379) – these combs match the 5 in 1 blades.

Professional Animal Stainless Steel Attachment Guide Combs for Detachable Blade Clippers (3390-100) – for detachable blades.

 

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