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post #51 of 71 Old 03-05-2013, 09:38 PM
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thanks for clearing that up anebel. I know EC allows low doses. I wasnt sure about FEI :)
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post #52 of 71 Old 03-05-2013, 09:40 PM
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I was relieved to read this thread was about horses whiskers.
I was concerned we'd have a discussion about those irritating chin hairs that pop out on some of us more mature gals. : )

Re: Horses whiskers. I leave them alone. Our herd eats, poops and goes trail riding
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post #53 of 71 Old 03-05-2013, 09:49 PM
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It's the norm to clip them here. During show season I do whiskers, bridle paths and fetlocks. During the winter months I just do bridle paths, unless I'm showing, in which case I'll clip the rest as well.

I never touch the whiskers near the eyes. I think some breed show riders take them off, but I prefer to leave them. I've seen way too many eye injuries.
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I usually keep Mudpie trimmed (bridlepath, whiskers, beard, fetlocks, etc.), pulled, and tidy, but since he's injured and just hanging out in his stall 24/7, I've just let him go scruffy. :) I see no reason to go to the trouble, since we're not traveling or showing at all.

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I clip whiskers (but not the ones around the eyes), hair that's sticking out of the ear (but not in the ear), just enough of a bridle path for the area where the bridle actually sits (about 1") and fetlocks for shows, of which I do about 3 each summer. Other than that, I'm too lazy to keep it up.

Oh, and I clip the part of his mane that goes over his withers. His mane goes on way longer than any other horse I've had before!
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Originally Posted by grayshell38 View Post
My gelding has a one that grows and curls right into his eye. I have to keep it trimmed. Especially when he is wearing a flymask. Poor guy.

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post #57 of 71 Old 03-06-2013, 12:18 AM
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Originally Posted by demonwolfmoon View Post
Why is that required? It seems kind of a strange thing!
He is a big time show judge- but his barn is not a show barn, it's as far from it as you can get! Anyhow one time a boarder tried to fight it because she had a beautiful mustang with this huge thick mane and he forced her to clip a bridle path or leave.
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post #58 of 71 Old 03-06-2013, 02:04 AM
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My guy is all-natural, and the only thing I do is trim the tips of his tail once a year (autumn) so that his tail doesn't get too muddy during the mud season. I also used to trim his mane until I got a satisfying result, because he had rubbed out large sections of it in his previous stable and it had to be levelled a bit.

I believe that whiskers, eyelashes, ear hair, feathering, etc. are there for a reason, so I see no sense in trimming it all off. However, I don't show, so I don't have a reason to do so.

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post #59 of 71 Old 03-06-2013, 03:02 AM
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My lads are clean shaven and have thier ears stripped out for showing. Never had one react badly to it or get in any sort or scrape because of it.

Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
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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Erm I dont think the competitors at the olympics got this memo! the vast majority of them have clean shaven horses (including valegro and uthopia)

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Yeah. Allowing bute.
No they dont. When I show (not dressage but I do that too just not at a level where they test) I'm subject to FEI doping rules and can be tested at any point. Bute is NOT allowed!
Heck sedalin which I use for clipping occasionaly has a 60 day withdrawl before competition.

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Even your national shows are subject to FEI drug testing?? That seems weird to me.. Are your stalls also subject to FEI regulations (ie security, disinfecting, etc..) and are you allowed to remove the horses from the grounds during the competition?? Do you have an FEI vet? FEI vet exams?
FEI drug rules are far, far more stringent than any NF I'm aware of and they do try to make sure the horses are not exposed to anything that will test (ie disinfected stalls, security, not allowed to leave, barn inspections, etc..).

As far as the whisker thing on the horses, as far as what I know, is that the FEI really does frown upon the clipping of the whiskers. It's a dumb thing to get eliminated for but the FEI vet does make note of it, even though you can't currently be eliminated for clipping whiskers.
Many upper level riders are advocates for leaving whiskers on.

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