One of the most attractive attributes to a horse is their long wild flowing manes and tail. Each animal has unique hair, yet all as beautiful as one another. However hair on the upper lip in the shape of a mustache is a less commonly known place for horses to flourish hair growth.
Mustaches are common with breeds such as the Gypsy Vanner horse breed, who are known for their gorgeous flaxen coats, flowing hoof feathering and full luxurious manes and tails. The facial hair that this breed sports is linked to the gene which produces heavy growth of hair in other places on the horse’s body.
The Gypsy’s are not the only horses to grow mustaches however, as the gene of hair in horses is cumulative. This means that the more copies of the gene in the animal will produce more hair. Therefore certain horses will have more copies and as a result, more hair. This is a valid reason for why not all horses grow mustaches whilst others do.
The Shire breed is another horse that mustaches are common with. Mustangs and Quarter Horses also grow mustaches to protect them from the cold. Some horses will grow them in winter and shed them in summer as a kind of upper lip winter coat.
Ten of the Most Amazing Airports in the World
Shenzen Bao’am China.
A long, tube-shaped airport that looks similar to a plane itself. The buildings white, hexagonal motif reappears all over the building, often as glass windows that let in an abundance of natural light.
2. Spaceport America.
An airport of a different kind, this building will be the first airport to send tourists into space. The low-rise building echoes its desert surroundings, a humble beginning for a cosmic journey.
3. Old Hong Kong Airport, China.
This incredible airport was centred right in the middle of a busy city, so planes had to navigate amongst the sky scrapers to land.
It made for some pretty amazing photographs.
4. Madeira Airport, Portugal.
This incredible landing strip rises out of the ocean on concrete posts. Built into the coastline, this airport is unlike any other.
5. London Britannia Airport.
A proposed airport to be built on an artificial island in the Thames. The airport would have cost 47 billion pounds to build, and will likely never come to exist.
6. Princess Juliana Airport, Sint Maarten.
This airport is famous for the low altitude aeroplanes that pass right over the nearby beach. It has become quite the tourist attraction to stand on the beach as enormous commercial airliners scream overhead.
7. Queen Alia International, Jordan.
Built from bubble-like dome roofing & extensive concrete interiors, this stark airport is unforgivingly functional, but also strangely beautiful.
8. Hong Kong International Airport.
This airport is breath-taking when seen from above – it covers an entire island & looks almost like a small city.
9. Gisborne Airport, NZ.
An airport with train tracks running right across the runway. The aeroplanes time their landings to avoid hitting passing trains.
10. Lyon-St Exupery Airport, France.
A double for amazing buildings, the airport has a futuristic circular terminal, and the famous ‘swooping bird’ building. Undeniably unforgettable.