that is the question. I have just bought a 4 yr old QH filly. She has never had her whiskers trimmed, and while she does look kind of cute, I have always loved a whisker free muzzle.
I know what the whiskers are for, but since my horses are turned out in groomed paddocks and in stalls at night, I figured they were pretty safe without them.
A friend of mine has told me that it goes beyond that and we are depriving our horses of their natural way of getting information.
Like having cable?
Any way, what's the opinion out there? We won't be showing, so I guess it doesn't matter. And I am guilty of not shaving as often as I should, so.....should I let the little girl go natural?
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I always clipped them, but now that I have the horses at home, my (non-horsey) husband gives me a hard time about it being "cruel", so I stopped. He was astonished that I would clip them in the first place - "You wouldn't do that to the CATS, would you??!!" and they are not show horses, so I settle for just trimming the long hairs under their chins.
Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**
On hunters - I'd say pretty much mandatory. But the German magazine St Georges had an article that panned the practice. In fact, the glossy magazines advertising the breeding stallions, while braided up and done to the nines, they support full facial hair.
Whenever I have clipped muzzles, there is inevitably a bang of some sort pretty soon afterwards, from the loss of sensitive hair, but they have learned to adapt.
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They are helpful to the horse and the only reason to clip is purely cosmetic.
Even if you are showing in the hunters, honestly, does the judge ever get close enough to see whether the horse has whiskers? Have you ever heard of that being a tie-breaker? (unless it's a conformation class)
I trim whiskers, bridle path, jawline, and if necessary, I trim the long stray hairs on the bottom of the neck.
I like a clean headed horse. I do a short 1" bridle path. Also keep the really long hair in the ears out. Like long tuffs hanging out are trimmed. Just really light trimming only for ears. I like a hairy in the ear for protection year round. No trimming at the eyes ever.
I let the jawline grow long in the winter, but keep the long goat hair jawline looking stuff trimmed in a nice shape but not short like summer, same for the underneath neck.
I keep them trimmed year round. Mine live out 24/7, and I also like a neat trimmed horse year round too. No issues.
On my gaited horse, she had long tufts on her fetlocks. We had lots of snow, and she got ice balls on them and it was really painful for her. So I keep those lightly trimmed to prevent ice balls which were pulling her skin. I hosed her feet and they melted then I towel dried her fetlocks, then whacked off with the clippers.