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    12-29-2011, 10:11 PM

So my stallion has a mustache, and I have in the past clipped it because it looks so funny. But I have been letting it grow out a little, and it's so funny. He could be a super trooper with a 'stache like this.

Is it because he's a stallion? I have never seen anything like it. So I am curious if it has to do with testosterone. Or what causes it? Its so strange. I will try to upload a picture...
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    12-29-2011, 10:13 PM
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We have a mare who get's mutton chops.
    12-29-2011, 10:17 PM

If you zoom in you can really see how it curls in the first one. Here is another one:

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    12-29-2011, 10:24 PM
What a classy gentlemen! I have only seen mustaches on those gypsy horses, this is so cool! Lol, you should let it grow out more and then curl the ends up!
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    12-29-2011, 10:26 PM
My horse has a mustache too!

Not sure if you can see it, but it's blonde

I think it marks a true gentleman ;)

But jokes aside, I'm not sure what could cause it.. since my boy is a gelding *shrug*
    12-29-2011, 10:31 PM
Do you know his pedigree? I am not super knowledgeable when it comes to genetics, but they look similar. Phoenix almost has a bald face, is a registered Paint, and comes from Rhapsody and Mr. Northrop (?) Lines. I don't have my papers handy, but I think that's right.
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    12-29-2011, 10:31 PM
If you feel a horse's upper lip, it feels like a man's '5oclock shadow'. This is because the hair is always trying to grow, but rubbed out as a horse grazes.
If you watch your horse closely as he grazes, you will see he uses his upper lip a fair bit, almost like a finger.
I knew a horse once years ago who did not use his upper lip. At all. He would curl it back and just use his teeth. Massive draft horse, very dainty eater.
He had a full blown mustache, 3 inches long. Curled down below his lower lip.
Hilarious. Wish I had a picture!
So no, probably nothing to do with his gender, but how he eats in the field. Just a quirk. :)
    12-29-2011, 10:34 PM
No I don't.. all I know is that he was born in Montana and then moved to Colorado, where I met him. I wish I knew more!! Sky isn't registered though
    12-29-2011, 10:34 PM
There was a gelding at my old lesson barn. Tio was his name. He was an old mexican horse, and was so cute :)
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    12-29-2011, 10:35 PM
That makes SO much sense! He totally doesn't do the wiggle lip thing like my other horses do. As a matter of fact, I don't think he ever does. My other horses will literally have their lips swinging back and forth, picking and pushing grass around. He just eats it.

My light bulb is SO BLINKING right now! Thank you!
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