RDP Thursday: Hirsute

Shire Horse Guiness

Horses are not really known to be furry or hairy, but now and again you find a breed that has a bit more hair than the others. This was the case of Guiness, a shire breed. He lived in the stables across the road and the owner told me she had travelled herself to Ireland to bring him back to Switzerland when he was still in his foal years. I often walked past the stables and would take my photos of Guiness. He was used for riding when he was younger, but was now over 20 years old and no longer as fit as he was, so he lead the good life in the stables. It seems that rheumatism was making itself noticed and one day he was no longer there. I missed this wonderful horse with the furry feet.

Horses came and went and I still paid my visits.

Horse 31.08 (11)

One day this horse at the stables decided to have a closer look at the camera. I had never seen a horse before with hairs growing on its chin and nose. Was it the new bearded race of horses? No idea but it was certainly something completely different. I am keeping an eye on this horse to see if its whiskers will grow longer. Perhaps that is where the horsehair blankets come from.

RDP Thursday: Hirsute

2 thoughts on “RDP Thursday: Hirsute

  1. That’s one of the big Belgian horses that started out as a war horse for a crusader in armor to ride. Sometimes, in full armor, a fully armored crusader could way as much as 1000 pounds, so they bred some REALLY big horses for them. ALL the really big horses — Belgians and Percherons and those like them are huge. They are the size of a 10 ton truck, without the engine. I think they may actually weigh more, too. The Belgians can get very furry in the winter. Most horses, if allowed, will get quite furry in the winter. Those mouth whiskers are typically removed during grooming, but some people like furry horses. The fur keeps them a lot warmer in the winter.

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    • Guiness was a wonderful horse and I can imagine him charging in a suit of armour in battle. I had never seen a horse with whiskers before, thanks for the explanation.


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