Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
It's illegal in FEI competitions to have shaved whiskers. I trim them all to a similar length, usually 4-6" and that's it.
I can't honestly tell, looking at pictures of horses in the show ring if they are shaved or not. I agree with the FEI that its unnecessary and detract from the welfare of the horse, if only a very minor amount.
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This is interesting. I did not know FEI was against it.
I personally clip mine for show, because I like the look, and for certain function. For instance, I have a horse who must wear a flymask for UV protection. If I didn't clip his eye whiskers and some of his nose whiskers, they get caught in the mask. I'm not sure if the whiskers contacting the mask is annoying to him, but if they get "plucked" when removing the mask, it certainly bothers him.
I also trim ears to keep the gnats out. If their ears are bald, the gnats cannot grab on and are easily shaken out. A little ointment keeps the skin soft and also prevents bites.