Is the Trimming Or Removing of Horse Whiskers Ever Justified?

Share



Horse Whiskers | On or Off?



The whiskers of a horse are vitally important as they fulfill the role of eyes as horses are unable to see what is at their muzzles, the whiskers are attached to nerves and help the horse to detect what is around them, electric fencing being an obvious example

In some circles it is considered acceptable for the whiskers to be “tidied up” either by trimming or removing, some people regard this action as completely unnecessary, cruel and should be made illegal as it is in some countries

Others believe that it is harmless to the horse and greatly improves their appearance particularly for showing and competing

What do you think? A cruel act or necessary grooming?



31 Responses

Write a Comment»
  1. lots of shows this weekend – so who has been busy removing their horse's whiskers?

  2. lots of shows this weekend – so who has been busy removing their horse's whiskers?

  3. no……its just become the fashion and norm to do so…in our oh so humble opinion..

  4. Is it actually in the rule book of showing that they have to been removed?

  5. Is it actually in the rule book of showing that they have to been removed?

  6. Allison Brailsford the nail was higher up in the stable and the horse was 17hh so unless you were over 7ft you wouldnt have seen it!! They had trimmed the hairs around the eyes which is common practice for showing hence why the horse didnt sense the nail. It was a horrible accident but if we are going to trim horses then why not dogs, cats and any other animal that relies on their whiskers???? Its like clipping the horse in winter when its not being worked. Absolutely pointless!! xx

  7. Its illegal in Germany – part of their animal welfare laws – a country full of knowledgeable and experienced horse people…:)

  8. I am goin 2 seem contraversial compared 2 all the other answers, but in My 35 years of horse experience I have yet 2 find a horse that has suffered any detremental effect from havin its whiskers trimmed. . a lady mentioned a horse lost its eye from a nail. I fail 2 see how not havin whiskers prevented this, as it wud not of been the muzzle that made 1st contact. . And shame on the owner 4 havin a protruding nail in the stable in the 1st place!

  9. Never removed them and I show and even won at Hoys with ny Arab in hand and under saddle I defo dont remove from my big horse n we do dressage dont agree at all there for a reason so they stay !!!! Ps I also dont understand why the direction of the mane is important either??? My Arab' s is on the "wrong" side n we still have won! X

  10. The whiskers are the horses 'fingers'. Would you cut your own fingers off??? It's cruel.

  11. You dont have to remove them for showing and the judge shouldnt mark you down if you dont! Serena 'Beanie' James I would actually say that its more dangerous to take them off if they live in and I have seen first hand a horse that lost his eye after being trimmed as he didnt sense a nail that was sticking out in the stable! I totally disagree with trimming whiskers and point blank refuse to do it (and I show!!) x

  12. think the key thing is if it makes people stop for a moment and question what and why we do what we do to our animals then we might just think twice about who REALLY benefits, mot of the time its not the animal – its us , getting off the soap box now 🙂

  13. Becky – we agree "The whiskers of a horse are vitally important as they fulfill the role of eyes as horses are unable to see what is at their muzzles, the whiskers are attached to nerves and help the horse to detect what is around them, electric fencing being an obvious example"

  14. Horses by nature have whiskers for a reason , its our own imprint of vanity that says that they should come off for a reason ,the equestrian world need to change the way they think about these things as horses dont get a choice what happens to them.

  15. Serena 'Beanie' James but does that justify removing them?

  16. if they are living in take them off they dont need them so much!

  17. why do you have to ?

  18. I'm a little contradicted on it as I don't agree wit taking whiskers off but u have to for showing

  19. show season is coming up so are your horse whiskers about to come off? good or bad? cast your vote.

  20. but how could you ever know? unless you are with them 24/7…someone compared it to us having the tops of our fingers removed,

  21. yep, i know that they are ment to be important but mine have never bumped into anything taken an eye out etc without them,

  22. Hi Megan, which is quite normal in showing circles we believe?

  23. me. every bit of stray hair comes off for showing

  24. very nice….:)

  25. Profile picture changed!

  26. Yes (obviously not my coloured shown on my profile). Mediumweight cob. Shown extensively in south east England before I moved to Wales nearly 2 years ago. Can change my profile pic if you wish to show him?

  27. assume with the cob?

  28. Certainly do..

  29. do you show at all?

  30. No. Have cob who is full clipped, hogged and trimmed, but never remove his whiskers

  31. who trims their horses' whiskers?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.