Whisker Decisions

Do you clip your horse's whiskers?


Total votes cast: 1212

Comments & Write-in Answers

Whiskers used to let the horse know that something is close to his face, which helps save their face

11/10/2013 11:45:41 PM

I like them fuzzy! When you clip, they become rough and annoying.

11/10/2013 9:51:33 PM

during the show season

11/10/2013 8:46:03 PM

she is a broodmare, no need!

11/10/2013 6:53:03 PM

A horse's whiskers are very important to the animal. They should never be cut.

11/10/2013 5:36:43 PM

He needs them. They are nature's feelers. Clipping them won't improve his performance

11/10/2013 5:32:41 PM

Whiskers keep muzzle drier in sleet; acts as feelers in the dark.

11/10/2013 3:34:03 PM

Absolutely never! Those are tactical feelers.

11/10/2013 9:49:09 AM

but only for shows. I let them grow in the off season

11/9/2013 11:09:38 PM

let a horse be a horse, they are there for a reason, and if not they wouldnt grow there

11/9/2013 6:35:04 PM

just for shows

11/9/2013 3:34:38 PM

Trimmed without my permission and i got a headshaker overnight!

11/9/2013 1:09:00 PM

I didn't trim my old guy when his eyesight became poor.

11/9/2013 12:14:14 PM

they are there for a reason, just like fur inside the ears and long hairs off the backs of pasterns

11/9/2013 10:50:36 AM

The show horses

11/9/2013 9:27:56 AM

I believe it is cruel as they need them for orientation to objects.

11/9/2013 9:01:42 AM

they need them in the pastures

11/9/2013 2:55:49 AM

I love the way they look. I like my horses to look natural.

11/9/2013 1:00:50 AM

there is no good reason to do so, and at least one bad reason

11/8/2013 9:31:35 PM

Only during show season

11/8/2013 8:33:26 PM

But only for a show - maybe 5 times per year.

11/8/2013 8:25:00 PM

They are part of the sensing mechanism used to feel somehtng before they touch it.

11/8/2013 7:09:47 PM

they need there whiskers like cats do

11/8/2013 3:21:36 PM

only when we show

11/8/2013 3:06:24 PM

But trim with scissors when they get super long (get bothersome to one of my horses)

11/8/2013 1:17:45 PM

They have a purpose, so they remain natural!

11/8/2013 12:21:30 PM

W believe horses whiskers serve an important sensoy function in the dark!

11/8/2013 10:59:38 AM

only for show or special events

11/8/2013 10:28:45 AM

They NEED those things!

11/8/2013 10:21:28 AM

they need them!!!!

11/8/2013 9:55:55 AM

There is no reason to clip whiskers if you don't show.

11/8/2013 8:12:20 AM

If they have whiskers it's for a reason.

11/8/2013 7:52:17 AM

But YES during show season

11/8/2013 4:37:28 AM

The whiskers are there so they can sense what is around them much like a cats' whiskers

11/8/2013 1:15:00 AM

on our show horses, no on the pasture or trail riding horses.

11/8/2013 1:01:58 AM

About 3 times a year: muzzle, fetlocks, ears, chin, coronet bands. He looks gorgeous after!

11/7/2013 11:45:15 PM

Bengt Linquist complemented me in a dressage test in 1975 for NOT clipping

11/7/2013 11:42:07 PM

Horses use their whiskers to feel

11/7/2013 10:24:13 PM

But I do not clip the feelers around their eyes. They need them to keep from bumping their eyes.

11/7/2013 10:07:54 PM

They are used as feelers, so serve a purpose. (People are a horses biggest problem)

11/7/2013 8:52:59 PM

I don't trim the cats whiskers either.

11/7/2013 8:43:54 PM

NO! They have them for a reason!!!

11/7/2013 8:33:30 PM

NO I don't believe in it ONLY IF SHOWING because whiskers are their natural feelers .

11/7/2013 7:55:54 PM

Always did for show, continue to do it now, less in winter.

11/7/2013 7:20:47 PM

Love mine au naturel ! Don't care what show judges think !

11/7/2013 7:13:49 PM

Whiskers are needed for testing the electric fence, among other things!

11/7/2013 6:52:03 PM


11/7/2013 6:35:29 PM

The horse needs its whiskers - leave them alone!

11/7/2013 5:25:54 PM

It upset her feeding when we did though she adjusted. She uses them.

11/7/2013 4:45:56 PM

Only during show season

11/7/2013 1:46:42 PM

They need them.

11/7/2013 12:55:29 PM

Show's Only

11/7/2013 12:46:38 PM

There is no reason to. They serve a purpose vital to the horse.

11/7/2013 12:01:45 PM

But he is itchy in the summer and rubs them off himself.

11/7/2013 11:59:07 AM

They need them to keep from bumping the muzzle into things.

11/7/2013 11:58:14 AM

I have clipped whiskers when showing horses but prefer to leave them for their purpose of touch.

11/7/2013 11:14:04 AM

he loves having This done and doesn't let me miss even one

11/7/2013 11:10:36 AM

NO My horses are turned out 24/7 and their whiskers are a vital sensory appendage.

11/7/2013 10:43:03 AM

Once in a while when I want him/her to look sharp. I like their ears fuzzy though.

11/7/2013 9:30:09 AM

I do this so that the reins on the liverpool shank driving bit don't catch his lip wiskers

11/7/2013 9:11:46 AM

I understand their chin hairs help them determine what plants are toxic and which are not.

11/7/2013 9:06:48 AM

My horses need their whiskers and they are cute

11/7/2013 7:33:22 AM

i clip nose whiskers but only shorten eye whiskers.

11/7/2013 7:12:44 AM

No, but I'd trim them to 1" when too long because the long whiskers would get caught in the bridle.

11/7/2013 6:39:20 AM

I did when I was showing but he's retired to trail riding

11/7/2013 6:24:32 AM

only do the one's we show.

11/7/2013 5:31:40 AM

Nope, they are there for a reason, so I leave them

11/7/2013 5:29:17 AM

I think they have less bumps and scrapes when they have their "feelers".

11/7/2013 2:49:08 AM

they're there for a reason!

11/7/2013 1:51:53 AM

Animal cruelty to do so!

11/7/2013 1:46:54 AM

only for show season, he gets to keep them 8 months out of the year!

11/7/2013 12:51:10 AM

My horses live in paddocks they need them!

11/6/2013 11:48:36 PM

Why would I do that????

11/6/2013 11:26:40 PM

I do right before shows, but let them grow over the winter.

11/6/2013 10:38:13 PM

They need them for sensory touch and fly protection.

11/6/2013 10:30:20 PM

Occasionally, so the curb chain doesn't pinch

11/6/2013 10:25:10 PM

I feel they need them to help protect them when they are in the pasture.

11/6/2013 10:20:22 PM

My horses live in a run in, they need their whiskers

11/6/2013 8:42:39 PM

But only for a show. Otherwise they are on year round.

11/6/2013 8:41:59 PM

they use them to find food and such.

11/6/2013 8:33:37 PM

why would anyone do that?

11/6/2013 8:20:02 PM

Whiskers serve no purpose for domesticated horses. I keep even my retired guys trimmed and groomed

11/6/2013 7:56:05 PM

Usually, no. But sometimes I will clip if he/she is not on pasture.

11/6/2013 7:52:29 PM

They need them.

11/6/2013 7:37:44 PM

Horses have them for a reason. Only during shows are poeple expected to shave their horse's whiskers

11/6/2013 7:13:45 PM

But not to the skin.

11/6/2013 6:57:24 PM

whiskers are a critical functioning part of the horses proprioception ability

11/6/2013 6:39:30 PM

Only right before a show. Then he gets to grow it back until the next show. Never around eyes.

11/6/2013 6:33:56 PM

No, I do not clip the whiskers because they are the sensors for their nooses and mouths.

11/6/2013 6:10:12 PM

they use them to stay away from prickly bushyes

11/6/2013 6:00:34 PM

When I show only, the rest of the time they go au naturale....

11/6/2013 5:40:24 PM

They are useful to the horse.

11/6/2013 5:27:15 PM

For horse shows only! Requires a clean muzzle!

11/6/2013 5:17:47 PM

If Totilas can have long wiskers, so can my horse!

11/6/2013 5:13:18 PM

Nor his fetlocks.

11/6/2013 4:57:20 PM

Only for shows and only the muzzle

11/6/2013 4:56:28 PM

only before a show

11/6/2013 4:47:09 PM

Not even for shows

11/6/2013 4:16:00 PM

they need them !

11/6/2013 4:15:00 PM

natural is better.

11/6/2013 4:12:01 PM

out in the pasture most of the time and I think they need them so they can fill there way around

11/6/2013 3:55:51 PM

Absolutely NOT!!!!! They rely on their whiskers for so much that I feel it is just wrong to remove t

11/6/2013 3:53:19 PM

only for rated competition showmanship classes

11/6/2013 3:47:38 PM

they need whiskers to 'sense' their surroundings.

11/6/2013 3:44:53 PM

Only when I was showing, I think they need them protection especially my photic headshaker.

11/6/2013 3:41:24 PM

It looks nicer if you do, but I don't

11/6/2013 3:31:48 PM

Only for shows!

11/6/2013 3:31:04 PM

But only because it reduces his head shaking.

11/6/2013 3:30:53 PM

They weren't meant to be trimmed anymore then a cats whiskers.

11/6/2013 3:27:08 PM

In the summer but not in the winter

11/6/2013 3:23:49 PM

They need them!

11/6/2013 3:22:58 PM

No need to clip them.

11/6/2013 3:17:38 PM

only during show season

11/6/2013 3:17:21 PM

clip whiskers one time a year.

11/6/2013 3:09:06 PM

Whiskers are a very inportant sensory organ for horses. It is very wrong to remove them.

11/6/2013 3:05:00 PM

My new guy is very sensitive around his nose and objects to the very concept of whisker trimming!

11/6/2013 3:01:40 PM

They are there for a reason, just like hair on the fetlocks, so I leave them alone.

11/6/2013 3:00:54 PM

unless the horse is currently showing it needs all it's whiskers!!

11/6/2013 3:00:42 PM

No.They're there for a reason.Seen too many horses injured w/gouges, scrapes, after being clipped.

11/6/2013 1:52:08 PM

I don't clip in the winter.

11/6/2013 12:47:21 PM

Horses got whiskers as sensors, they need them

11/6/2013 12:18:13 PM

Never ever. No No.

11/6/2013 12:12:37 PM

if we are going to a show, otherwise not

11/6/2013 12:09:52 PM

They look better clipped

11/6/2013 11:57:21 AM

rarely, and only for larger shows

11/6/2013 11:31:57 AM

Asolutely not. Not the ear hair either. They need these feelers to navigate their world.

11/6/2013 11:19:45 AM

For 2 shows/yr I trim close. But rare. Never shave.

11/6/2013 10:06:47 AM

Only during the show season

11/6/2013 9:55:04 AM

never. they need them.

11/6/2013 9:47:09 AM

They need them.

11/6/2013 9:37:38 AM

They need those whiskers just like a cat needs his whiskers.

11/6/2013 9:34:46 AM

they are an important part of their senses!

11/6/2013 9:20:57 AM

I did when I showed, not when their not showing

11/6/2013 8:55:10 AM

muzzles always... ears and eyes only for show

11/6/2013 8:49:34 AM

Only when showing.

11/6/2013 8:43:32 AM

only during show season

11/6/2013 8:30:37 AM

They are sensory organs. Not fair or kind to remove them for fashion.

11/6/2013 8:25:12 AM

I clip them down to at least 1/2 inch long.

11/6/2013 8:12:31 AM

Things that are purely cosmetic and serve no valid purpose beneficial to the horse should be banned.

11/6/2013 8:05:21 AM

No, even though I compete in dressage; they're there for a reason, and she's on 24/7 pasture.

11/6/2013 8:02:01 AM

Sorry, show folks, but whiskers are there for a reason.

11/6/2013 7:37:00 AM

used to but no more, I figure they're there for a reason

11/6/2013 7:34:18 AM

in the summer for showing classes or if we take a horse to the sales. Otherwise we leave them alone.

11/6/2013 7:33:43 AM

They are protection.

11/6/2013 6:54:35 AM

No, they are another sense for the horse

11/6/2013 6:45:47 AM

Horses need their whiskers, To remove them for cosmetic reasons is a form of cruelty.

11/6/2013 4:14:03 AM

Whiskers are feelers, part of the horse's sensory system

11/6/2013 3:52:03 AM

Do not cut off whiskers since I stopped showing - no need to.

11/6/2013 1:35:28 AM

I never clip whiskers as they are there as 'feelers' to protect them as they graze etc.

11/6/2013 1:17:13 AM

I don't show my horses and whiskers help with their natural ability to sense objects.

11/6/2013 12:29:56 AM

Only our show horses, not our trail horses.

11/6/2013 12:29:48 AM

Unless showing

11/6/2013 12:20:39 AM

Unless I am showing.

11/6/2013 12:18:45 AM

Only right before a show

11/6/2013 12:03:53 AM

studies show rats without whiskers have lower intelligence

11/5/2013 11:25:22 PM

used to, but quit in favor of function over vanity

11/5/2013 11:09:18 PM

He's more accepting of the clippers on his muzzle, so we always start there and shorten them a bit.

11/5/2013 11:08:37 PM

Horses whiskers are helping the animal to navigate through his eating and grazing more efficently.

11/5/2013 10:52:20 PM

They have them for a reason

11/5/2013 10:43:18 PM

He needs them to find his way in the darl

11/5/2013 10:37:50 PM

Used to, but let them go au naturale nowadays

11/5/2013 10:37:31 PM

Only on horses who "know" where their muzzle is!

11/5/2013 10:20:01 PM

Horses NEED their whiskers. Both Eye and Muzzle.

11/5/2013 9:59:58 PM

Trim with scissors only. Gotta have those 'feelers'. God's intention so don't mess too much with it.

11/5/2013 9:58:46 PM

No. They serve a purpose! And what a waste of time.

11/5/2013 9:58:31 PM

But only during the summer show season.

11/5/2013 9:29:51 PM

We show in halter and showmanship its a must

11/5/2013 9:29:48 PM

NEVER - my horse lives in pasture and has whiskers for a reason!

11/5/2013 9:23:03 PM

They're probably there for a reason, like detecting foreign objects while grazing.

11/5/2013 9:17:56 PM

body clip ones I ride w winter coat, never clip whiskers, I love whiskers

11/5/2013 9:15:49 PM

Only for shows.

11/5/2013 8:32:03 PM

mother nature put them there for a reason and who am I to argue w/mother nature? :)

11/5/2013 7:51:02 PM

They need them, the wiskers are there for a purpose.

11/5/2013 7:32:08 PM

sometimes when i am going somewhere special show etc

11/5/2013 7:30:49 PM

Only the muzzle, never the eyes.

11/5/2013 7:20:07 PM

They are there for a reason

11/5/2013 7:17:11 PM

Absolutely not. The whiskers are there for a reason.

11/5/2013 7:00:16 PM

I don't shave them; however, during show season, I will clip them down to about 2 inches.

11/5/2013 6:53:30 PM

Except the REAL long ones.

11/5/2013 6:49:02 PM

Horses need whiskers to judge how close their nose is to the ground, to test electric fences & more.

11/5/2013 6:47:12 PM

Around muzzle and nostrils, but NOT around eyes.

11/5/2013 6:43:18 PM

Only for shows.

11/5/2013 6:42:33 PM

doesn't he use them?

11/5/2013 6:37:45 PM

I wouldn't clip the cat's whiskers either!

11/5/2013 6:29:38 PM

on pasture 24/7...they NEED them!

11/5/2013 6:22:18 PM

I think it's an unnessary requirement in shows and events.

11/5/2013 6:16:11 PM

Yes, but only when they are shown

11/5/2013 6:14:52 PM

Horses need these for use in detecting their environment! I can't stand it when owners shave them!

11/5/2013 6:11:18 PM

Human vanity is not a good reason to remove what is, essentially, a sensory organ.

11/5/2013 6:09:39 PM

never , don't clip anywhere very often

11/5/2013 6:08:34 PM

I leave about an inch for sorting and such...

11/5/2013 6:00:13 PM

My husband calls my Clydesdale mare the bearded lady.

11/5/2013 5:53:05 PM

He can't stand to look grubby!

11/5/2013 5:50:05 PM

Only clipped when showed in Halter, Pleasure

11/5/2013 5:46:02 PM

Each whisker is connected to a nerve and transmit signals to the horse.

11/5/2013 5:39:37 PM

No reason to clip her whiskers?

11/5/2013 5:35:24 PM


11/5/2013 5:30:50 PM

They need their whiskers.

11/5/2013 5:12:42 PM

For a show I do but haven't shown in a while....

11/5/2013 5:06:22 PM

NO! I don't believe in it, but unfortunately my husband does on horses he shows.

11/5/2013 5:03:29 PM

Not even for a show!

11/5/2013 5:01:44 PM

Only for showing. The pasture puffs stay whiskery!

11/5/2013 4:56:05 PM

i keep all my horses clipped and neat even if we are older now and past our showing life

11/5/2013 4:48:32 PM

Yes, but I leave a 1/4 to 1/2 inch so he can still feel things in buckets

11/5/2013 4:34:03 PM

I haven't clipped them in over 15 years, and I love his long nose and eye whiskers!!

11/5/2013 4:31:51 PM

For showing only... when a horse is no longer showing or is in an off season, whiskers stay.

11/5/2013 4:17:21 PM

i leave wiskers as there are sencery,wouldnt like my fingertips shaved, bit of an extreme example ;0

11/5/2013 3:16:49 PM

They look better groomed when clipped/shaved.

11/5/2013 2:57:07 PM

but not eye hairs!

11/5/2013 2:07:45 PM

Only clip the bridle path with a manual hand clipper. Don't even have an electric one.

11/5/2013 2:05:22 PM

If you have ahorse out in fieldss most of the day they need them

11/5/2013 1:46:24 PM

For shwo only or if they get to long on our older horses

11/5/2013 12:37:38 PM

Absolutely not - they are there for a reason & don't want to rob my horse of that sensory function.

11/5/2013 12:29:12 PM

I did in past when I was showing but not now.

11/5/2013 12:05:57 PM

They have them for a reason.

11/5/2013 12:00:45 PM

nature gave horses whiskers as a tool, it's cruel to remove them, like taking our fingers away

11/5/2013 11:01:50 AM

No longer show and too lazy to drag out the clippers!

11/5/2013 10:37:16 AM

Not unless they get crazy-long, then just a little trim. They need them.

11/5/2013 10:21:57 AM

I think whiskers serve a useful purpose (just like for cats) and would never clip them.

11/5/2013 9:08:23 AM

Whiskers are a sense mechanism.Stops horse from bumping into things-duh.

11/5/2013 8:11:48 AM

they are like the horses eyes it is cruel

11/5/2013 6:45:30 AM

They are a necessary sensory system, cutting them off for human ideas of "beauty" is poor husbandry

11/5/2013 3:09:35 AM