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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
Physique ...

Members of the breed should have open, wide, and round feet and generous feathering on the legs, and their pasterns should be long and set at a 45 degree angle from the hoof head to the fetlock joint.

A mature Shire stallion should stand at least 17 hands and weigh from 18 cwt (900 Kg) to 22 cwt (1100 Kg). At one time the Shire had heavily feathered legs but modern breeders have reduced the quality and quantity of feathering.

Conformation: neat head, deep stocky body, strong short feathered legs, hard feet, luxurious mane and tail.
Character: quiet, responsive, trusting.
Uses: riding, deer-stalking.

There is some "feathering" on the legs, and occasionally zebra-like dark horizontal stripes. The coat is thin and shiny in summer, but longer and furry in winter.

Broad forehead with large eyes with a slightly roman nose, thick neck, muscular body, lots of feather on legs. Able to pull considerable loads.
Temperament of the Shire Horse
The Shire Horse is docile, gentle and hard working.

typically gray or black in colour; fine head with broad forehead; wide chest with prominent breastbone; no feathering on legs
ancient breed; heavily influenced by Arabian breed; long and low action distinguishes it from other heavy breeds
Shire ...

Long silky feathers. Brave and willing 'gentle giants'.
Used for: Historically used for haulage of wagons and agricultural implements. Now mainly bred for showing; also riding and driving.

It was not as popular in rural areas since the abundant feather about the feet made it difficult to care for them in muddy farmlands.

Characteristics: Sturdily built, with short. well-boned legs and "feathering" at the fetlocks.
Height: Under 14 hands (qualifies as a pony) ...

Small head; Thick and muscular neck; Powerful shoulders and quarters; Short legs with feather
Large Eyes; Slightly arched neck proportion to the body; Wide Chest;
Color ...

They are a small draft horse with full mane, tail and feather. The Vanner is a distinct body type, bred from a combination of British and Irish breeds including the Shire, Clydesdale, and Dales pony.
Gypsy Vanner Society, Ltd.

and tail hair should be long, straight and profuse and the feathering of the fetlocks straight and silky.

Conformation: Bold eyes, strong laid back shoulders, dense hooves, a moderate quantity of silky feather, lengthy hindquarters, and powerful hocks.
Character: intelligence, spirited, kind.
Common Uses: riding pony ...

The limbs are short strong and have feathering on the lower limbs.
The shoulders are muscular and sloping.
The hindquarters are well rounded and powerful.
The tail is well set on and the mane and tail are thick and full.

Apart from their black coat, Friesians have many more distinct qualities. Their mane and tail should be long and wavy and as with Shire horses, their legs have 'feather" socks. They usually do not have any white markings.

The proud head and broad forehead give the Clydesdale a dignified look. The body is slightly short, but the legs are long. The most recognizable feature in the Clydesdale is probably his feathered legs that are a great protection from the harsh ...

Although all colors are possible, the most common are piebald (black and white) and skewbald (brown and white). With their heavy manes and tails, bright coloration and flowing feathers, these horses are truly breathtaking.
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Along with this black coat, he has a very long mane and tail that is thick and lush; they also have a slight feathering on their feet. All this combined gives them such a look of absolute grace and nobility that it is enough to take your breath away.

Conformation Roman nose is a common sight among the shire breed, the neck is long and slightly arched but well set on the shoulders. Wide feet and feathers.

used as a coach horse, and is an excellent trotter
used as a war horse and coach horse in the Middle Ages
has some draft characteristics, including feathers, and is almost always black
also called the "Harddraver" (Dutch for good trotter) ...

The hooves are well formed and the legs are feathered. Crossbreeding actually served to degrade the unique qualities of this breed and as such was stopped, resulting in the preservation of the purity of this breed.

Baroque, which is mainly upright, with higher action and more feathering with a heavier mane and tail. Traditional, which is heavier and more drafty usually used for driving, and Sport Horse, which is used for all types of riding and driving.

than anywhere else, the Clydesdale is used in parades and pulling competitions. They are also shown in driving and halter classes against other draft horses. A distinctive characteristic of the breed is the feathering of longer hairs present at the ...

Moreover, the draft horse breeds often have weighty bone, and a considerable amount of feathering on their lower legs. Several have a straight or curved (Roman nose) profile.

The Shire was introduced to the United States in the late 1800s, but was never as popular as the Clydesdale or Percheron. It is similar in appearance to the former, with feathery fetlocks.

See also: See also: Horse, Black, Height, Bay, Breeding

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