What does the feathering do on a clydesdales horse?

The feathering is supposed to protect the legs from the mud and wet conditions in the fields. But since most Clydesdales are now parade type hitch horses they are more for looks. the feathers can also trap bacteria and cause skin infections and must be cared for daily.
The feathering is supposed to protect the legs from the mud and wet conditions in the fields. But since most Clydesdales are now parade type hitch horses they are more for looks. the feathers can also trap bacteria and cause skin infections and must be cared for daily.