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    11-07-2008, 10:35 PM
Question whiskers

Should they be trimmed/cut?
Do they have a purpose?
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    11-07-2008, 10:40 PM
It's a matter of opinion. We shave them sometimes. I purchased a cheap mustache/beard trimmer at the dollar store. I couldn't rationalize the big $$ for a horse whisker trimmer. If you show you might want to trim them. If you're going to trim a horse for shows you might want to trim them every so often so they don't freak out when you need to trim them.
    11-07-2008, 10:53 PM
A horses wiskers surve the same purpose a cats wiskers do. To feel around in there surroundings and so are a natural part of a horses communication.

It is totally up to the owner wether they choose to take them off.

I my self wouldnt, as I like to keep my horses natural only trimming the mane and fetlock hair in summer, but nothing else.
    11-07-2008, 11:27 PM
I don't show so that's not an issue and I really don't mind them its just they are so long(under his eyes).I like the tidey look but not really willing to go thru doing it all the time.
And if its natural, its normal huh? not looking for another task.
    11-08-2008, 12:02 AM
I trim Galina's with scissors - but that's only because I show. If I didn't do shows then I wouldn't trim them, but I like her to look tidy and presentable when we enter the ring!
    11-08-2008, 12:51 AM
Trimming is OK (like for looks, like for showing) but it's not really necessary. :) To neaten them up it's good to trim, but otherwise I leave them alone.
    11-08-2008, 05:55 PM
Leave them if you're not showing
    11-08-2008, 07:03 PM
You're supposed to clip them for any show (at least that I've been to) that is judged (as in not timed events like jumping and barrels.) I hate shaving them because the horses need them to feel their space, and sense things.
    11-10-2008, 12:22 AM
They are there for protection, just like most animals with them, they are there to help with feeling and proximity. I suggest leaving them as is unless you are entering a show and you need to clean him/her up. If you trim them off then it's not the end of the world but it's not a big deal to leave them.
    11-10-2008, 07:53 AM
I only clip then if I am showing, same as with the ears. Otherwise I only keep the bridle path and fetlocks trimmed.

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