Adios, Feathers

If you were looking closely at my show pictures, you may have noticed something was missing...

His feathers!

Or maybe you didn't notice, because Connor has pretty wimpy feathers for a Section D once his summer coat comes in.

Seriously?  He just looks like an unkempt horse.

I have agonized for years over whether to clip them and fit in with the sport horse crowd, or leave them and fit in with the Welsh crowd.  My trainer is firmly on the sport horse side, so she was delighted when I sent her this picture:


I made sure his breeder was okay with it, and did it.  I don't have my own trailer, and so haven't made it to a single breed show in the entire time I've owned him.  I figure, people don't recognize him as a Section D visually anyway.

I caught some flak from Welsh people, but oh well.  I think we more than made up for our lack of Welsh feather flag flying in Dressage with our actual Welsh flag flying on XC:

Let your Welsh flag fly.

27 comments:

  1. I go back and forth on the feather issue with Rory too! Right now he has them and since we are planning on a quiet summer at our new barn (another one! ) and no showing I think we will keep them. However, everyone also thinks he is a small Friesian!

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    1. Haha! Isn't it funny how coloring gets people like that? That's like Connor being mistaken for a Haflinger all the time. If I wasn't showing, I'd keep them too.

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  2. Connor is first and foremost a sporthorse.. I think he looks sharp without the feathers!

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  3. I think he looks sharp without the feathers too! They are something to behold in the winter, but honestly in the summer I think they look fairly similar to what a lot of other pony breeds have on their legs

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    1. Agreed - he can keep them in the winter.

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  4. Agreed! No feathers = very sharp.

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  5. I agree that Connor looks great without the feathers- definitely more refined! I went through the same thing with Haflingers- but at the time we were doing breed shows as well, so I let them be. But it always gives me great pleasure to shave Foster's legs and see how pretty they look!

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    1. Yeah, I like the refined look too. If I ever had a prayer of attending a Welsh show, I would not do it though!

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  6. I feel like you need a welsh dragon on your sleeve or something. You're looking decidedly un-patriotic compared to Connor!

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    1. Ha! I like to fly under the radar.

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  7. Can't believe you caught flak from that. It's important to fit into your discipline! He looks great :)

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  8. he looks great! and it's just hair - not exactly a permanent decision should you ever change your mind :)

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    1. Exactly, it will rapidly grow back!

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  9. I love your welsh flag.

    And I hate feathers. Good call!

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  10. I also think he looks great and very sporty especially since he doesn't grow massive feather. I've always thought a Vanner would be fun but wouldn't want to clip all of that off and yet would hate to deal with it everyday!

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    1. I can't even imagine. I feel like I butchered these, and I took my time and went slowly. With that much hair, it must be so hard.

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  11. I don't understand what the feather issue is! I really don't care either way. I very rarely clip feathers but I have nothing against people who prefer to clip. It just seems like a tiny thing that can be a big issue. Weird! I think Connor looks great.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I don't understand it either. It doesn't transform them into something other than a Welsh Cob when you cut them.

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  12. Well, I'm a sporthorse girl so I love the look! And luckily it's just hair so if you decide you like the feathers better, they'll grow back :)

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