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post #1 of 8 Old 12-17-2011, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Trim the Eye Whiskers??

I noticed my horses eye lashes/whiskers are long. Should they be trimmed?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-17-2011, 10:26 PM
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Don't trim the eyelashes; they're there to keep dust and dirt particles out of the eye. The eye whiskers are there to help the horse find his way around in dark and other conditions. If you're not showing, leave them there. If you're showing competitively, you can clip the eye whiskers, though it's not necessary at smaller shows.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-17-2011, 11:13 PM
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I agree. Don't trim period. They are there to protect their eyes.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-18-2011, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-22-2011, 08:13 AM
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Ditto don't trim the eye whiskers.

Now that I've said that, I will trim the whiskers on the top of the eyelid during fly mask season IF they get so long that the fly mask bends them down into the eye.

My horses live in fly masks as soon as the flies come out in the spring until they stop flying around in October or November.

I use those little two inch children's scissors with the fairly round ends on them because it's natural for the horse to jerk when something gets near its eye.

It isn't something I make a habit of but, again, if the eye whisker is so long that the fly mask makes go into the eye, then I trim it
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-22-2011, 08:50 AM
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I agree. Don't trim them. Mother nature put them there for a reason and they serve a purpose. As walkinthewalk said, unless they are causing any other problems, I'd leave well alone. Me personally, I do not even trim the muzzle whiskers either for any reason.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-22-2011, 10:13 AM
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I made the mistake of trimming Cinny's "eye whiskers" and now he's constantly got scrapes and gashes on his head from bumping it around his stall at night :( I think unless I put him in a halter class, they aren't going to ever get trimmed again!
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-24-2011, 11:54 AM
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No don't trim them. We trim whiskers on the nose but not eye whiskers.
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