I used to board at a barn where the owner had a clyde, who had a GIANT mustache. Up until this moment I thought I might have over-exaggerated or made it up, but nope. As I recall, I found it the most vile thing ever....shave it! Shave it! Eugh!
Interesting that the writer of the article states that mustaches are usually only found on Friesians. The first I ever learned about mustaches on a horse was in a book of native British pony breeds; I understand they are quite common--although certainly not as large as that one--in New Forest ponies.
We have a Gypsy Vanner at my barn that has a HUGE mustache like the horse in the article. It's kinda cute in a weird way, but if it was my horse I would shave it off for sure!!!! The owner is quite adamant that it must stay as it is a desired characteristic in that breed
I worked with some rodeo stock years ago --- we had a bucking mare named Miss Mustache for obvious reasons. My Appy mare would grow a mustache in the winter. And a friend had a big, raw boned TWH who had a LOVELY handlebar mustache --- I was dying to take the horse to a show just so that I could show Buster as "My Mother's Mustache"!
Of course, keep in mind that I'm more than a little strange! :-D
I've always heard it said that horses with moustaches are "caretakers".
Funny, my neighbors have a saintly aged QH gelding who grows a handlebar moustache. He's the type who will pack around total beginners in complete safety, although he can be a bit of a handful for those who know what they're doing.
~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard
My QH-ish gelding grows a moustache but it's rather unimpressive and he usually grazes it off in the summer. This year it's been a little more persistent since he's wearing a grazing muzzle but only a couple of people have ever noticed it without it having been pointed out to them.