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Natalie
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Username: natalie2

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Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 - 11:52 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I board my new horse at a hunter barn and some of the staff completely clipped her nose(including whiskers). My intention was to leave her whiskers on, but I guess it is current practice at this barn to shave it all and the helper just meant well. How long will it take for the whiskers to grow back? How can I promote growth? When I came in today, she seemed a bit insecure/confused (I had to hand-feed her grain from the bucket before she risked her nose into it) and I am a bit concerned because she is turned out in a pasture with other horses.
Thanks!
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Angie J.
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Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 - 7:01 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Weeellllll...I've never boarded my horse at a barn, but still, can someone explain to me why anyone would do something like that without the owners knowledge and permission?

And what purpose does clipping whiskers serve? Sorry, no help with how long it'll take for them to grow back. I am just one of those people who gets angry over horses having any hair unnecessarily removed to please some standard set by people!

I hope for the horses sake they grow back quickly!
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Fran C
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Posted on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 - 7:21 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Natalie,
The whiskers will grow back very quickly. You'll start to see new growth in a week or two and your horse will be fine.

My mare's whiskers are shaved for shows and she is turned out 15 - 18 hours in the winter and 24/7 in the summer. She's never had any problems maneuvering in the dark, nor have any of the other horses who get a shave had problems
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Natalie
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Posted on Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 - 12:17 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks Angie and Fran - just a quick update, my mare has seemed fine the last few days and I am starting to see new growth so all is fine.
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