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Georgieboy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hey, I'v had my horse for a while now and when I got him his feathers on the front feet looked like they had been chewed and where a lot shorter then the back feathers?

Nearly 1 year on they are still the same?! I had noticed some growth in them and then about an inch disappeared over night!?

I use pig oil and sulphur on them every 3-4 weeks.

He doesn't have mites, and didn't have mites when I brought him.

Is there anything I can do or give him to make them grow or become stronger?

Also, any idea why this is happening ??

Many thanks xx

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:57 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hiya,

My old boy has shorter feathers on the insides of all his feet from where he stands on himself Shocked Could it be that? He stands on them and snaps the feather off; you can put boots on to prevent this but I've never bothered.

RE: growing back.. try pig oil. Pig oil and sulphur is fab for keeping mites away and keeping the skin in good condition but I've found just plain pig oil (or baby oil) is fantastic for regrowth. My mare rubbed all her mane off last year and over winter an application a day of baby oil has seen her back with a full mane this year Smile

Good luck Smile

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Georgieboy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:53 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi, thanks for your reply.

It's the fronts that are missing, the sides are still there :/

The short feathers on the front are thick, but I will try baby oil, I guess it's cheaper then pig oil and sulphar too Smile

Do you use the same amount of baby oil on the feathers as you would with pig oil??

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:43 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I doubt whether he is chewing them but he could be rubbing them on a gate or a fence and cutting them that way. Try oiling them and see if that helps.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:43 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I don't use as much, I just rub it in really well Smile I caught my farrier chopping my boy's feather off once Shocked but I wouldnt have thought that's in your case, mine was chopping it off the back.. I changed farriers Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The field is single wooden posts with electric wire fencing so I don't think his is rubbing on anything?

I'll try oiling them and see how that goes Smile

Thanks xx
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:36 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Is he on longish grass? From experience I know this can actually chop the feather off. During the winter my lad lost most of his feather through the mud ringlets he had and which when dried broke away taking feather with it. I use pig oil and sulphur once a week and yes baby oil is just as good but I am not sure it works out cheaper as I used a bottle on each leg! I bought spats for mine, so now he wears those 24/7 and gets pig oiled once a week and he has feather, they stop them from standing on their feather also. They are what the Shire show men use.
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