We all know that horses have some pretty impressive hair, such as their mane, tail, and leg feathers, but do you know why there are horses with mustaches? Yes, you did read that right, some horses can grow their very own mustache, which is one of the coolest oddities about the horse.
Not every type of breed can grow a mustache. This particular talent is the reserve of hairy breeds. Hairy breeds are horses with leg feathers and heavy builds. As a default, this includes cold blood horses. Horse breeds that grow mustaches include the Clydesdale, Gypsy Vanner, and the Shire. However, it is usually the Gypsy Vanner that wins the top prize for growing the most impressive mustache. Both females and males can grow a horse mustache. Gypsy Vanners are known for their thick manes, tail, and feathers and it is thought the genes that cause all this hair to grow also makes them grow a mustache.
Check out the horse pictures below for yourself!
Just because they’re so funny, we’ve added some more photos of Gypsy Vanner (Irish Cobs) with a funny horse mustache for you to laugh at. Enjoy!
The exact reason horses grow mustaches, other than genetics making them prone to more hair growth, is not certain.
However, one theory states that it has a similar function to whiskers.
The mustache helps the horse search out grass, especially in dark conditions.
One thing to note about mustaches, it that it is usually part of the horse’s winter attire.
In the spring, the mustache sheds out with the rest of the winter coat.
Another reason a horse might grow a mustache is due to health issues. Hormone imbalance or malnutrition can encourage extra hair growth.
A horse’s mustache might look adorable and silly though, but some people are in favor of shaving the mustache off.
The fact that some horses can grow a mustache is one of the strangest things about them. It is so unbelievable, pictures of horses showing off their mustache have reached the non-equine community in viral social media posts. Some exclaimed it isn’t possible.
However, it is very true that horses can grow a mustache. It is adorable, and when you see one in person, you just want to help give it a bit of styling.