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    Default Why Horses Need Their Whiskers Attached To Their Beautiful Faces

    Thank you Altrude for the link!

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    The trimming of a horse's whiskers is illegal in Germany whereas many English associations promote this. Strange, huh?

    You may be shocked to know that a horse’s whiskers (vibrissae) are actually an incredibly important sense to them. The whiskers around the eyes and muzzle are extremely sensitive and have a rich nerve supply 7. Each whisker in mice has a region of the sensory cortex (in the brain) dedicated to it 2. As horses and mice have similar physiology we can deduce that horses may do too. ‘This dedication of a portion of the cortex to each vibrissa indicates that they must be extremely important sensory instruments which should not be removed for cosmetic purposes’ (McGreevy, 2004:51).

    To read more go to:
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    "The whiskers may even detect vibrational energy 4. This explains why horses with whiskers will put them near electric fences to test if it is on and avoid an unnecessary shock."

    That's been my experience, as horses will use their whiskers, or other head hairs, as a resistive test probe, to feel for the presence of the high voltage in the containment wire. After so many negative test results, and given an incentive like grass on the other side, they will eventually challenge the electrically inactive wire and bend or break it, risking that wire getting wrapped around their leg causing serious injury. That is why it's best to use soft, easily breakable, aluminum wire instead of hard steel galvanized wire for electric horse fence, as it stands a better chance of breaking clear without injury, such as getting wrapped around the leg cutting off blood circulation, a great vulnerability for a horse. For that reason, an electrically inactive containment wire is actually a dangerous situation. Better to have no electric shock wire at all, than to have an inactive electric shock wire.
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    PS: Aaltrude via Reesacat; not only thanks for that link, but thanks to your country, New Zealand and Gallagher Animal Management, for manufacturing a wonderful and reliable fence shocker, the Gallagher, Model #B75, that has worked reliably here for over 10 years. http://www.gallagherusa.com/
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