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These Horses Mustache You A Question…

By Parrett Mountain Gypies

Do you think we look distinguished? Cute? Funny? All of the above?  No, these are not photoshopped, faked, or doctored in any way. These ‘stashes are 100 percent real and this adorable trait is found in the Gypsy Vanner and the newly developing mini Gypsies. The “mustaches” on these horses are linked to the same gene that gives them their luxuriously long manes, tails and heavy feather on their legs. Blanche Kohl Of Parrett Mountain Gypsies in Oregon explained to iHeartHorses:

“It is [their] hair that distinguishes this breed from other breeds. Though there are far more valuable traits of the Gypsy Cob, they are most known for their fairy tail look! Hair is an additive or a cumulative gene and is recessive. In order to maintain or add hair, breeding is upmost importance! You must breed hair to hair to maintain or increase hair. This gene is responsible for the mustache, beard, double manes, thick lush tails, belly hair and of course that silky straight feather that is highly sought after!”

Honestly, it’s just the cutest thing and many Gypsy owners just love the ‘staches their horses (mares, stallion and geldings alike!) grow. Check out some of these amazing horsestaches below – do you have a favorite? Tell us in the comments!

(Note: every image is reprinted with express permission for use on iHeartHorses.com by the person listed in the caption.)

Miss Gucci of Lexin by Steffanie Christensen. Mini Gypsy Mare from MHB Gypsy Ponies. Christensen is known for her efforts to breed 100 percent pure miniature Gypsies. 
Miss Gucci of Lexin by Steffanie Christensen. Mini Gypsy Mare from MHB Gypsy Ponies. Christensen is known for her efforts to breed 100 percent pure miniature Gypsies.

 

Wyatt by Nellie Spicher. Gypsy stallion. He's 11.3 hands. Standing at stud in Oregon at Tumbleweed Pony Company.
Wyatt by Nellie Spicher. Gypsy stallion. He’s 11.3 hands. Standing at stud in Oregon at Tumbleweed Pony Company.

 

Wyatt by Melanie Block of Bellbottom Farms in Illinois
Wyatt by Melanie Block of Bellbottom Farms in Illinois

 

 

 Belladonna Cat Burglar by Melanie Block of Bellbottom Farms
Belladonna Cat Burglar by Melanie Block of Bellbottom Farms

 

Small bay filly by Melanie Block of Bellbottom Farms
Small bay filly by Melanie Block of Bellbottom Farms

 

Cold Fusion photo by Melanie Block of Bellbottom Farms
Cold Fusion photo by Melanie Block of Bellbottom Farms

 

SD Don by Parrett Mountain Gypsies in Oregon.
SD Don by Parrett Mountain Gypsies in Oregon.

 

a mare by Parrett Mountain Gypsies
A mare by Parrett Mountain Gypsies

 

SD Alfie by Parrett Mountain Gypsies
SD Alfie by Parrett Mountain Gypsies

 

SD Fab by Parrett Mountain Gypsies
SD Fab by Parrett Mountain Gypsies

 

The Don by Parrett Mountain Gypsies
The Don by Parrett Mountain Gypsies

 

By Parrett Mountain Gypsies
By Parrett Mountain Gypsies

 

by Parrett Mountain Gypsies
by Parrett Mountain Gypsies

 

By Parrett Mountain Gypsies
By Parrett Mountain Gypsies

 

By Parrett Mountain Gypies
By Parrett Mountain Gypies

 

Geordi by Elizabeth Guymon Keck of Once Upon A Dream Acres in Idaho
Geordi by Elizabeth Guymon Keck of Once Upon A Dream Acres in Idaho

 

by Elizabeth Guymon Keck of Once Upon A Dream Acres. She explained she has to trim the ‘stache in winter, or else it freezes!
By Elizabeth Guymon Keck of Once Upon A Dream Acres. She explained she has to trim the ‘stache in winter, or else it freezes!

 

by Elizabeth Guymon Keck of Once Upon A Dream Acres. The ‘stache gets dyed depending on what they eat – green with Alfalfa and tan with rice bran.
By Elizabeth Guymon Keck of Once Upon A Dream Acres. The ‘stache gets dyed depending on what they eat – green with Alfalfa and tan with rice bran.

 

Mare by Jennifer Lynch
Mare by Jennifer Lynch

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