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!
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