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.
 Feathering or feather Long hair on the fetlocks of horses. Most horses have some feather, at least in their winter coats, but in some types (especially certain heavy draft breeds) it may cover the feet and even extend up the rear of the legs.
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. Foal A male or female under a year 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. Nowadays chiefly for show, this hair was first a result of native stock and breeding with Flemish horses.
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 neck is carried rather vertically and is low-set.
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. Mares can reach 16 hands (64 inches, 163 cm) and over and stallions standing 17 hands (68 inches, 173 cm) and over.
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 head is characteristically pleasant reflecting gender, with an intelligent eye.
The Friesian is probably best known for its black color and luxurious mane, tail, and 'feathered' (untrimmed) hooves. The official breed rarely has white markings of any kind, because registries allow only a small star on the forehead for purebred conformance.
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.
This all-purpose pony, nowadays almost exclusively used for riding, was92 formerly a harness pony and farm worker in the uplands districts and alead-mines pack pony.
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 joints on the Jutland are inclined to be fleshy.
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.
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.
But those heavy feathers are really challenging to take care of." The Kentucky Horse Park has three Clydesdales named Thunder, Lightning and Ted. "Visitors [to the park] always come looking for the Clydesdales, because they're the most publicized," Walker admitted.
The Clydesdale horse breed is best known for its size, over 18 hands, about six-feet and the feather above the hooves. This long hair covering their ankles makes this breed easily recognizable and it is thought the feather was developed during the first breedings with the Fleming and English Breeds.
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? He should be active in his cage, feeding, climbing on the bars, interested in you too.
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.
26. Leave mane, tail, fetlock feathers, beard and other guard hairs au naturel for extra protection against the elements.
27. Consider a partial or full body clip for your riding horse to make cooling-out time go faster (but he'll have to be properly blanketed).
They typically have a crested neck with strong, powerful shoulders and quarters, and are usually slightly long-backed. The Dole Gudbrandsdal has short, dense legs with good bone and some feathering. Both types have luxurious manes and tails.
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. Their movement is forward and elevated with a high knee action.
Average height 13-15 hands
Heavy feathering make them appear to float when they move
Feathering make them appear to float when they move
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.
Breed Standard: Shires must be black, bay, grey, or brown with white markings. 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 ...
Conformation: neat head, deep stocky body, strong short feathered legs, hard feet, luxurious mane and tail.
Character: quiet, responsive, trusting.
Uses: riding, deer-stalking.
convex profile; relatively long neck; long, sloping shoulders; short back with sloping croup; legs heavily feathered below the knee
world's largest horse; descended from England's "great horse," the massive charger used in medieval jousting tournaments
*1 hand = 4 inches (10.16 cm) ...
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.
Characteristics: Broad forehead with large eyes with a slightly roman nose, thick neck, muscular body, lots of feather on legs. Able to pull considerable loads.
Height: 16.2 to 18 hands
Color: Bay, brown, black or gray with plenty of white on the legs and feet ...
The Shire horse has a broad forehead with large eyes with a slightly roman nose, thick neck, muscular body and lots of feather on legs. Shire horses are able to pull considerable loads.
Temperament Of The Shire Horse
The Shire horse is docile, gentle and hard working.
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.
Breed status: At risk; (1997 RBST survey - 500 registered adult females).
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. Also, farmers desired a heavier horse for work in the field and, therefore, chose more massive, if less distinguished-appearing breeds.
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;
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.
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and tail hair should be long, straight and profuse and the feathering of the fetlocks straight and silky.
Colour: any solid colour. No piebald or skewbald
Height: up to 13.2 hands.
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 back is short strong and broad.
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.
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 Scotland weather.
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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.
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.
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.
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. These horses are amazing.
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. Draft horse breeds vary from about 16 hands tall to 19hh and from 1,400 to 2,000 lbs.
See also: Horse, Black, Height, Bay, Breeding