Boy you people are really defensive. I did not come across as pointing a finger, just opening a discussion.
Think about it. We all know that whiskers on animals are there for "feelers". Mother nature has put them there and they have been there for thousands of years. It is only the "show" world that made it be that they need to be trimmed. If you had never, ever seen or been to a show I am sure that trimming off your animals whiskers would never even cross your mind. As a matter of fact, it seems cruel to take that away from them and they have no say if we cut them off or not. I also found the following info.
"Whiskers are a very important sensory device for the horse especially in discriminating feed. The softer blades of grass versus the coarser textures that do not bend as easily. This apparently gives the horse information as to what is potentially toxic versus non-toxic, sweet versus bitter etc. In addition the whiskers too provided 'line-of-sight' information for distance and angle assessment."
Again not pointing fingers at anyone however I think it is a point worthy of some thought. This is a natural forum right ?? Does not get much more natural than that.