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.
10 Of The Most Rare Breeds Of Horses
Horses are extremely beautiful animals that have had a close relationship with man since time begun. These magnificent exotic breeds illustrated below aren’t widely known, however we feel that their uniqueness should be given recognition.
These tough little ponies originate from colonial stock breeding, and later were specialized for pulling the plow. This task obviously became outmoded as farm machinery improved. Currently only 400 of these ponies exist in the world.
This breed, found in the Carmargue area of France are considered to be one of the oldest breeds in the world. They mainly live in the wild and are rarely found in captivity.
Akhal Teke Horse
Originally coming from Turkmenistan and are considered one of the oldest existing horse breeds. These horses have a unique beauty as their coats seem to shine like gold. They are mainly found today in Turkmenistan and Russia, but can also be found in Europe and North America. There are approximately only 6,600 of these horses in the world.
Black Forest Horse
These horses originate from Southern Germany. They were nearly at the brink of extinction in the 1970’s. They are mainly found in Germany, with about 1,000 of them found in Germany. They are known for their calm and friendly temperament and their beautiful flaxen manes.
These horses are England’s oldest breed, and are very athletic with a sensible temperament. Due to this in World War II the breed became rare. However Queen Elizabeth having taken the risk of endangerment seriously, has brought the numbers of the breed up in the world.
The Exmoor Pony is endangered with only 800 existing worldwide currently. The breed is native to the British Isles. Some views claim that they have been pure bred since the ice ages.
Bashkir Curly Horse
This breed is thought to have originated in North America. They have a unique hypoallergenic coat of hair, resembling a poodle dog breed. They are used in dressage and show jumping, and are known for their friendly and reliable personality.
This breed was originally valued for its hardiness, style and speed. During the 1800’s Hackneys competed in 100 mile harness races. Demand for the breed slacked as automobiles became more common, and throughout the world wars.
This breed was outsourced by machinery. Due to it’s rareness the breed is only available in shades of chestnut and liver. Currently there are about 600 Suffolks in America.
Falabella Miniature Horse
The Falabella Miniature Horse is one of the smallest horse breeds in the world. They are seen to be intelligent and easy to train. They are used for riding by small children.