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Ok so yesterday i saw a really awful thing done to a horses whiskers for show season. the owner was pulling out all her horses whiskers around the nose then BURNING where she pulled to stop them growing back all over her poor horses face has anyone ever heard of this being done before is it the usual practice?
 

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From what I know, you saw someone trying to singe their horse. There are very few proper singeing lamps left to do this properly and controlled. The idea is that during the winter, horses are clipped (to prevent them from sweating and getting wet and cold) At the end of January beginning of February, clipping is usually stopped, to allow the Summer coat grow in. However, little stray hairs (commonly known as cat hairs) can grown along the belly, legs, and face. The singeing lamp was used to burn these of and create a look of a uniform, smooth, shiny coat. Most horses don't mind a bit, they like the warmth, but like I said, the singeing lamp is a proper grooming tool. The fire is controlled by a damper, and there is a fine comb attached to the lamp as a guard/guide of sorts.

As far as pulling the whiskers, I would imagine it is uncomfortable or bothersome to the horse (it may very well not be) but that is done because if you've noticed with clipping, the whiskers grow back at the same rate, so you get that five o'clock shadow look. Pulling them causing the hair to grow back differently, at either faster or slower rates.

If you think that's weird, you should look into banging the horse - which is another old technique used in grooming.
 

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o we actually do that with our horses works really well you should try it!!
 

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WOW , I have never seen or heard of that "strapping" AKA "banging" before.
 

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I know a horse and he loooooves getting his whiskers pulled. Every time he is stressed, the owner just starts pulling on them.

About the strapping - that's an oooold practice. It's great for muscle building and I do it on my horse.
 

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that actually looks like a good idea. I have an arab that has difficulty holding muscle, so this would probably help him. Thanks for posting the link!
 

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LOL at what anabel said..sounds like a masochist horse???

If I ripped my horse's whiskers out, let alone started burning him after that, he'd probably never talk to me again.
That strapping stuff seems interesting, though..I wonder if it works on humans, too, haha
 

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It's neat because I tried it and the muscle noticeably contracted in most areas. Frida was a little intrigued, but definitely not upset, and a couple of people looked at me sideways, but I quckly explained what I was doing, lol. There's a video on singeing too, but I can't post it because it's on a website I pay money to subsribe to...
 

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I have never heard of strapping or banging. But Aidan hates being petted and brushed, he however LOVES to patted very hard, I literally smack him lol...along his neck back and butt. I am gonna have to give this a go, I bet he would enjoy it.
 
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