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post #31 of 71 Old 03-05-2013, 07:05 PM
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Yep NB, it's stacking that is not allowed, meaning several drugs being used at the same time.
Yep. I just wanted to ease the minds of some of the people who seemed horrified at the idea of bute allowed lol

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I wouldn't shave Clem's whiskers. When I was researching why people do it myself (I figured there had to be a reason they were there, lol) I came across this article:

Clipping Horse Whiskers: Yes or No? from Practical Horseman | EquiSearch

The beginning of it gives a good description of what horses use their whiskers for. If they didn't serve a purpose, they wouldn't be there, so I'd rather leave her natural and let her whiskers do their jobs. Plus, I kind of like her beard. Especially in winter - she sports a fine bushy beard that is wonderful to fluff around.

If it was something aesthetic that didn't really make a difference - like a bridle path - I would trim it if I didn't like it, but since whiskers actually do stuff, I don't care if I hated them, they wouldn't get cut off. (After all, I wouldn't appreciate it too much if someone didn't like, say, my eyelashes and cut them off).

That being said... I think bridle paths look silly too So Clem is pretty much entirely natural. And I'm really not bashing those who DO cut them, whether or not I think it should be done - to each their own. Not trying to start something here!
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I dont' shave the whiskers but I will shave the long hair under jowels and right behind the chin area.

I just did that today and the reason I did that, is because I have a couple of dunkers. They come out of the drinking tub with the half the underneath of their jowels soaked.

When that moisture doesn't dry out quickly, it begets mildew - I have seen it - even in the winter - my horses were sweating today and it was only 54 degrees

I will only clip ear hear if it's hanging so far outside the ear, I could braid it - ear hair helps keep bugs out.

I keep fetlock hair and coronet band hair clipped so the Trimmers can see what they're working with and to help the fetlock areas dry faster, in the hopes of avoiding Scratches.

I trim what the horse needs to be comfortable and neat without interferring with the purpose some of that long stuff is there for

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I shave my horse's whiskers bare before a show only, because it's the standard. Takes him about a week to grow them back to almost normal, so he is without his "feelers" for a week, horrors!
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My horses are natural - I believe the ear hair, fetlock hair, whiskers and eyebrows serve a function so they need to stay rather than be shaved off. Now for me, on the other hand, I do legs and pits when needed and more frequently in the summer.
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I just got done shaving my mare's whole mane off..lol.

I clip whiskers and even up ears for fair (maybe on the fetlocks). Generally though..I just don't quite have the effort to bring the clippers out and take the time to do such.

But..I don't think I've noticed any whiskers on Alahna at all..I'll have to pay attention next time, I really can't recall having seen any though..
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Where I board the owner requires all horses to be shaved- if not done he does it and charges $40. :/ it's not a show barn or anything and it's kind of annoying because trigger freaks out around shavers, so I have to do it with old fashioned clippers.
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Where I board the owner requires all horses to be shaved- if not done he does it and charges $40. :/ it's not a show barn or anything and it's kind of annoying because trigger freaks out around shavers, so I have to do it with old fashioned clippers.
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Why is that required? It seems kind of a strange thing!
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I refuse to clip bridle paths. That is a huge pet peeve of mine actually. I braid it into the forelock, which works wonders on the horses that don't have much of a forelock. The rest braids into the mane.

I clip the lung hair under the jowls, as well as fetlock hair. On some horses I will pull the tail and I trim it to just above the fetlocks. I clip ear hair as i've seen one to many ear infections happen in the summer. So I have a fly mask with ears.

But nothing irritates me more then a clipped bridle path. I hate how it looks. As I said, it braids nicely into the forelock
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you cant even see a bridle path if its done right !!

i do bridle path, fetlocks, and under the face. no whiskers or eyelashes or ears or tail. i also dont do the whole leg like some people do.

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