Why do some people shave the whiskers from their horse?
My chain of thought was this: Horses have prehensile lips, right? And I don't think they can see exactly what they are putting in their mouths. Don't whiskers have a purpose? Would shaving them not be somewhat detrimental to the horse? I was told many years ago that cats use their whiskers to feel around and make sure that they can get through small spaces...they are for sensory input and apparently, navigation. Wouldn't they then serve a purpose for the horse?
So, what is the purpose of, and is it detrimental to the horse, to shave it's whiskers?
PS....they do look kind of ugly xD