Why Do Some Horses Have Mustaches?


Have you noticed that your horse has a mustache? You may have recently been looking after your best friend and realized that he actually has a mustache! Where did that come from?

Well, some breeds of horses do have mustaches, and in this blog post, we will look at horses with mustaches in further detail so that you can get a better understanding. 

What horse breeds have mustaches?

Every horse has whiskers, and so you may think that we’re simply getting confused with those. We assure you that we are not! There are some horses that have mustaches. It is very much a real thing. Mustaches tend to be common in breeds of horses that have a lot of hair, such as Shires and Clydesdales.

The Gypsy Vanner is the most common breed of horse to have a mustache. 

Why do some horses grow mustaches?

You may be wondering why some of these breeds of horses grow mustaches. Is there a purpose behind them? Well, the genetic makeup of the horse is responsible for whether or not it is going to grow a mustache.

While mustaches on humans tend to be for style purposes only, they have greater benefits than this when it comes to horses. 

A mustache can help when it comes to guiding a horse through the grass when he is feeding, very much in the same way that tentacles aid an octopus. This makes sense especially for breeds like the Gypsy Vanner, as these horses tend to have a very long mane and forelock that will most likely cover their eyes. 

As is the case with the majority of the horse’s coat, a mustache tends to be grown throughout the winter months, and then it will be shed during the warmer weather, which means sense to the point of it aiding the horse in terms of finding forage to consume. 

Can any horse grow a mustache?

The ability to grow a mustache is something that is more common amongst some breeds of horses when compared with others. For example, the Gypsy Vanner horse breed is the most recognized in terms of the ability to grow a mustache. 

As the gene for the hair of a horse is cumulative, i.e. the more copies of the gene, the greater the hair, certain types of horses are going to have more copies and consequently more hair. This could be the reason why some horses grow mustaches but not all of them.

There are other heavy-haired breeds of horses that grow mustaches, including the Shire, and this becomes especially common as they get older. However, as is the case when it comes to humans and mustaches, it really all does depend on the individual. Some horses will have a full-blown mustache whereas others will have a modest one.

It is also worth pointing out that female horses can grow mustaches as well. It’s not just a trait that male horses have! 

What do you do with the mustache?

Now that you know that horses most certainly can grow a mustache, you may be wondering what you should do with it! Of course, you do not have to do anything at all. There is nothing wrong with a bit of facial hair, right? However, we must point out that it can get in the way, as is the case with human facial hair.

Because of this, a lot of horse owners will shave the mustache off their horses. This can make the most sense from a practical point of view, especially when it comes to working horses, as mustaches can cause irritation. 

If the mustache does not get in the way of your horse’s lifestyle, and you can always keep it and let it grow!

Funny ideas for your horse’s mustache

As horses with mustaches can often have a lot of hair in this area, you may want to style the mustache in a particular way to give your horse a unique, cool, and funny look.

There are so many different mustache styles, and they can all help to create an Instagram-worthy profile for your loved horse! You could decide to go for the Dali mustache, styling your horse’s facial hair so that it turns up at the end. Or, why not go for the opposite with a Horseshoe mustache? Not only very stylish but aptly named as well!

Another fun way to style your horse’s mustache is by going for the English mustache style. With this, you will essentially smooth the hair so that it points out in a straight line, turning your horse into the perfect English gentleman!

These are just a handful of the different styles of mustaches you could opt for when it comes to giving your horse a unique and cool look!

What about the toothbrush style like the famous actor Charlie Chaplin? Imagine the end of a toothbrush, there’s a small rectangle of bristles, right? Well, that’s basically what the toothbrush style is, with the hair just beneath the nose. The great thing about going for this one is that it is very easy to maintain and won’t cause a lot of problems for your horse in terms of irritation or getting in the way, so it allows them to keep their stash while going about their daily life with ease.

So there you have it: everything you need to know about horses with mustaches.

A lot of people are shocked to discover that some horse breeds can most certainly grow a mustache! What you decide to do with this mustache must be considered based on your horse’s needs.

Think about it from a practical point of view. If the mustache is getting the horse’s way and/or causing irritation, the kindest thing that you can do for your horse is to shave the mustache off. 

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