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I was wondering, Do Percheron's have leg feathering? I ask because I bought a Percheron ...
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    About Percheron's, Do they have Feathering?

    I was wondering, Do Percheron's have leg feathering? I ask because I bought a Percheron a year ago and ever since then people have been telling me that he doesn't look full percheron because he has leg feathering, Nothing outragous but there is feathering around the back of his legs and down over his hooves all around. My vet and Farrier both thought he's of some Fresian decent. They say he's just different then any percheron they've ever seen. So that leads me to wonder if a true Percheron has feathering?
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    Yes they do, some people trim the feathering.Ill try to find a pic of the guy I had.

    cant really tell in this picture of him but he had quite a bit. I think he was only 3 in this pic.
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    Many that I've seen have. I think that's just part of being a draft.
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    Both my guys have feathers and so did my old mare.

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    Seein-Spots thanks for the pics! My Boy Sargent pretty much looks like yours same coloring and everything just slightly darker. Now in this picture is your horse trimmed up or is this the grown out feathering? In relation to mine I cannot see Sarges hooves almost at all and yours I can. I'm gonna see if I can get a camera to take some pictures of Sarge but It appears that he is Percheron cause he looks very similar to your boy. Sarge also doesn't appear to have such a thick neck but I don't really work my horse that hard either.

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    my percherons name was Sarge too,. lol.... Sergeant Major...i named him.
    im not sure if the hair was grown out or not but i think so. he was black but faded in the summer.
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    That's soo funny. Where is your sarge now? He's beautiful in the picture. Mine fades out some in the summer too. I wish I had a picture to upload but my camera broke awhile back so I can't upload. I'm gonna try to get one though. What do you think of owning a Percheron? I love mine right to death he has the best temperment in the world and very willing to try something even if he's not sure. Very gentle boy mine is. I wouldn't trade him in for the world. He does have his stubborn moments where he likes to make me think he has no clue about what to do but I know better!

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    I find it depends on the bloodlines of the Percheron on how much feathering they have. Certain lines tend to carry more feathering than "normal", whatever normal is. A Percheron is supposed to according to breed recommendation have feathering. Not excessive as say what a Shire would have, but definately more than any average riding horse would. Every Percheron I own has feather, some have much thicker and heavier feathers than others.

    I do also know that some breeders will try to breed away from heavy feathering as well claiming that the horse has impurities in it's bloodlines and Shire was added generations back. Sounds like hogwash to me.

    Also Percherons in show are clipped right down to wisps so you have just enough to grab hold of when picking up feet.

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