The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Grooming


This is a discussion on whiskers within the Horse Grooming forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Is it safe to trim horses whiskers
  • Horse parts whiskers

LinkBack Thread Tools
    11-07-2008, 11:35 PM
Question whiskers

Should they be trimmed/cut?
Do they have a purpose?
Sponsored Links
    11-07-2008, 11:40 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, 11:53 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.
    11-08-2008, 12:27 AM
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, 01:02 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, 01:51 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, 06:55 PM
Leave them if you're not showing
    11-08-2008, 08:03 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, 01:22 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, 08:53 AM
I only clip then if I am showing, same as with the ears. Otherwise I only keep the bridle path and fetlocks trimmed.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do whiskers serve a purpose? Jubilee Rose Horse Grooming 20 06-13-2008 12:33 PM
Sammi Whiskers & Betti Boo Too!!! sammiwhiskers2k6 Horse Pictures 1 07-29-2007 08:05 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:07 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0