At SHADBELLY, we've vowed to steer clear of the hornet's nest of training and horse management topics - but I couldn't resist opening the discussion on this one. The question, the "muzzle puzzle" if you will, is one of weighing aesthetics against, well, many say against rendering useless an important facet of the horse's sensory system.
Now I myself am no au natural nut, but I've come to genuinely love the way those long, wispy whiskers look. More European maybe?
To clip, or not to clip: that is the question.