The long hair that grows on a horse's fetlocks. The draft horses are best known for this characteristic. In most other breeds, that hair is trimmed close to the skin. But, horses with "feathers" keep the hair as a breed trait.
Feather -- Long hair on lower legs, usually found in heavier horse and pony breeds. Most famous are the Clydesdales.
Fetlock -- Joint formed by the cannon, pastern and sesamoid bones.
feather - Light weight. Usually refers to the weight a horse is assigned to carry in a race.
fee - 1) Amount paid to a jockey for riding in a race. 2) The cost of nominating, entering or starting a horse in a stakes race.
While feathered horses are more prone, there is also evidence suggesting that horses with a denser coat around their pastern area may be less likely to be affected, possibly because the thicker coat provides greater protection.
MANE, TAIL AND FEATHER: Plenty of fine hair at heels (coarse hair objectionable) all the fine hair except that at point of heel may be cast in summer. Mane and tail are left to grow long.
Feathers The long hairs of the fetlock that cover the hooves of some draft horses. Clydesdales have the thickest and most beautiful feathers. Fetlock The "ankle" joint of each leg. Filly A female horse under 3-4 years old.
Friesian horses have a black coat and a long mane and tail. They also have feathers: long hair on the legs). There are 2 types of Friesian horses: the baroque and the sporthorse (finer variation).
Used to describe a feather pattern in chickens; alternating stripes of dark and light feathers.
A horse that is four years of age or older; a stallion is intact ...
Influence of the Dutch Friesian is apparent in the notable trotting ability of the Canadian, the feathered legs, abundance of mane and tail, and general appearance.
They were further developed to meet the practical needs of early 19th century Scotland, where the robust constitution, somewhat shaggy coat, thick mane and feathered legs were suited to the climate.
The Drum should be a large, well-muscled horse of medium to heavy weight, with good quality bone, an athletic body, a kind expression, and abundant hair (including heavy "feather" on the legs).
With the widespread inheritance of the sabino pattern, the feather tends to be white, but can be black or chestnut, depending on the color of the horse and the presence of markings.
The breed also has abundant feather and long leg hair reaching from the middle of the leg. The color is always black, and only a white star in the forehead is permissible. The head of the Friesian is carried quite high and the face is expressive.
The combination of vivid body colors, bright white faces, and long white "feathered" legs with high stepping gait and a head held high leave no question that you are looking at a Clydesdale.
The Shire horse is a breed of draft horse which means they are extremely tall, have a muscular build, thick manes and tails and feathers (or long, fine hairs) above their hooves.
The image is enhanced with feathering, muscular development and size. The presence and quality of the breed reflect in its personality of being gentle, cooperative and willing, yet powerful.
The Friesian is probably best known for its black color and luxurious mane, tail, and 'feathered' (untrimmed) hooves.
Other draft breeds usually have more or less feathering on their lower legs and fetlocks. The Boulonnais belongs to less feathering breeds. Most members of the breed have brand on their left side of the neck that is a small anchor mark.
Hard,strong legs with some feather. Feet hard and round. It has a smooth, fasttrot which it can keep up for many miles. Very hardy.
In one respect, it differs entirely from the Suffolk, for the Jutland's legs carry a heavy feather that is not found in the former. The breed has a reputation for being docile, kindly, and a tireless, willing worker.
The Jutland is a compact, heavy horse with short, stocky legs, and feathering, which breeders are trying to eliminate from the breed. In the past they have been criticized as having weak joints, which again, the breeders have been trying to improve.
In appearance, they are big-barreled horses with long legs and carry a lot of feather. They usually have an attractive head, which often has a Roman type nose and a very honest outlook.
Unlike the Clydesdale with its heavy leg feathering, the Percheron's legs are clean without long hair. Their manes and tails are thick and often wavy.
The Clydesdale horse breed is best known for its size, over 18 hands, about six-feet and the feather above the hooves.
Check his plumage (feathers). It should be smooth and close to his body, and not fluffed out. He should look like a king perched proudly, occasionally preening his feathers and hopping around. Is he alert?
The legs are strong and dry, lightly feathered. The round hooves are of good quality. The back should be short and well muscled. The head is short and straight with a broad forehead. The neck should be well proportioned.
Their legs might hve feathers, and the predominant color is cherry bay, with some Kabarda's bay brown in color, and just a few black. Kabarda horses are placed in taboons and then moved to mountain pastures in the summer, and foothills in winter.
Helene gives the feathers (the long hair between the hoof and fetlock of most heavy horse breeds) a good wash, and uses fat or lard on them to stop them becoming brittle.
Characteristics: The Dales Pony has hard dark-colored hooves with thickly boned feathered legs. Short-coupled with strong hindquarters and a well-muscled neck, the Dales also sports fine features with wide-set eyes and tiny ears.
The Dole Gudbrandsdal has short, dense legs with good bone and some feathering. Both types have luxurious manes and tails. The Dole Trotter has less feathering on its legs, and is noted for its stamina and endurance.
The horses are always black, with a long wavy mane and tail, and feather on the legs. No white markings are permitted, except for a small white star on the forehead. They possess a high neck carriage and powerful hindquarters.
The mane and tail are full and there is feathering starting at the knee or hock which covers the entire hoof.
Average height 13-15 hands
Heavy feathering make them appear to float when they move
Feathering make them appear to float when they move
See also: Horse, Black, Height, Bay, Breeding