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Ashsunnyeventer 10-18-2012 10:28 PM

Roman Nose? Nose types
Can Thoroughbreds have a Roman Nose? There is a new horse at the barn who has a Roman nose, and his owner thinks he's at least part TB. Is this possible?

I know there are three types of noses, but I can only remember Roman- what are the other 2? Isn't one dished, but I thought only Arabs had dished faces. Can you determine a breed from it's facial structure/nose type?

My friends horse got me thinking and now I want to learn about noses :rofl:

DancingArabian 10-18-2012 10:39 PM

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A few other breeds can have dishy heads too, but Arabians are the most common. I've seen Welsh ponies and Quarter Horses with dishy heads.

I think the third type of nose is where the nostrils are really small, but I don't know if that has a name.

Faceman 10-19-2012 06:13 PM


Originally Posted by Ashsunnyeventer (Post 1724103)
Can you determine a breed from it's facial structure/nose type?

Sort of. Many breeds have distinctive heads, like Tennesee Walkers, Throughbreds, Arabs, and of course jugheaded Appys, but there is so much individual variation that heads alone can't usually be a conclusive identifier - maybe with the exception of the grotesque seahorse-headed Arabs...

Jore 10-19-2012 08:16 PM

I've always wondered that too, although I've always associated the dished nose with Arabians. I've assumed that that nose structure is just genetic, meaning that breeds probably do have distinctive facial structures depending on bloodlines and such.

I also never noticed exactly how thick-headed Major, the QH gelding I worked with, was until I got Indie. Her face is so petite and feminine. Although, I've noticed that about the Thoroughbreds that I've seen.. with the exception of a few.

SunnyMeadeFarm 10-20-2012 06:50 PM

You never really know what is exactly in a horses background, he may have a part of a breed with roman nose, or just got the perfect line up of genes to cause the roman nose. but depends on the strongness of the roman nose? if he is at least part TB, he could very easily be a warmblood which so many have a slight to moderate roman, but if he has a extreme roman nose, that may mean something draft in the background?

EvilHorseOfDoom 10-20-2012 06:57 PM

Lusitanos also have a pretty noticeable Roman nose, and quite a few Luso/TB and (strangely) Andalusian/TB crosses seem to carry it. I like a nice Roman nose. I like dishy faces on Arabs but I prefer QHs to have a more solid head, especially if they're well muscled. The typical Standardbred jughead is pretty ugly but there are plenty of STBs out there with perfectly nice heads.
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COWCHICK77 10-20-2012 07:13 PM

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Our four horses are QH, but One I believe is appendix, and they all have very different heads.
Cracker is a dopey gelding that has a roman nose and it fits him, it is masculine on him and fits his body type.
Gracie, she is a halter type with fine legs, but sometimes when you just look at her head you would think she has some Arabian. Her forhead dishes slightly and has big nostrils.
Stilts has a typical cutting horse type head, a little longer with a fine muzzle and a big eye.
Then the Appendix, Zorro, has a big TB type head, not roman nose but straight.
Point being, breeds usually have ideal conformation characteristics, but it doesn't always apply obviously.

Joidigm 10-20-2012 09:30 PM

I love a good roman nose, but it is no guarantee of breed. Sometimes it is a straight up confirmation defect.

Nokotaheaven 10-20-2012 09:33 PM

Or, it's inherited from something further back in the horses bloodline. Spanish horses are famous for roman noses

iloverains 03-04-2014 07:41 PM

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I realise this is an old post, but - We have a Roman nosed TB !

Pure, Reg. Thoroughbred. Getting ready to race. and this is his face.

Bad blurry photos, he doesn't stand still. But you can see he has a blaze and it is rather prodomiant.

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