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post #1 of 21 Old 06-12-2008, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Do whiskers serve a purpose?

I just clipped Jubilee's whiskers off the other day, to give her a cleaner look around the face. But I was wondering, should I have left them as is? Are whiskers there for a reason?

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post #2 of 21 Old 06-12-2008, 12:23 PM
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I assume they are there to help them 'feel' what they are eating, but I don't really know....

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post #3 of 21 Old 06-12-2008, 12:56 PM
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I would imagine they are there for a reason.

When i was little, i would cut my dogs whiskers off (i wanted them to look like show dogs) and i got yelled at quite a few times because of it. My mom said they're there for a reason, but never gave a reason.

It could help them "feel" around, maybe when they're grazing or something.
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post #4 of 21 Old 06-12-2008, 01:50 PM
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yeah so they can feel..although i highly doubt that she wouldn't be able to "feel" if she had no im sure itss ok

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post #5 of 21 Old 06-12-2008, 02:11 PM
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They are used to help them see how close things are to them. One of the reasons it's so critical to leave them on, on a blind horse or a horse with cataracts. Removing them really affects the natural way they have to get around and know how close their surroundings are.
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post #6 of 21 Old 06-12-2008, 02:28 PM
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I watch Henry drink and his whiskers seem to filter the stuff floating on the water so he doesn't suck it in.
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-12-2008, 02:38 PM
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I thought they were there to help them breath

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post #8 of 21 Old 06-12-2008, 04:31 PM
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Yeah, they're kinda like 'feelers' them smell & see I guess? They do serve some purpose.

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post #9 of 21 Old 06-12-2008, 07:08 PM
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yeah i usually just give them a trim so they are all a neat 1" or so long. removing them completely is supposed to mess them all up :)

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post #10 of 21 Old 06-12-2008, 07:46 PM
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they are feelers for the them feel their food and surroundings. Sonny will always have his...I never trim them
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