About Equine Whiskers: Why They're Important and Why Not to Trim Them

They're not just the little hairs that your horse (adorably) always gets food stuck in - whiskers actually serve a very important purpose. It's common to want to trim them so they look a little neater, but if we consider the needs of the horse, we should forego the scissors or clippers. Want to know why?


  • Vibrissae around the eyes and muzzle help horses gauge their distance from objects, and some evidence shows that they might actually be used to test electric fences

  • They are extremely sensitive and help provide tactile information in the horse's environment

  • This is similar to the function of whiskers for many other species, such as cats

  • It's important to consider why certain features of the horse exist before we seek to change them