Are Horses Furred or Haired?

Horses do not have fur, only hair. Although there is no distinction between hair and fur, a horse’s coat is referred to as hair since it is too thin to be used as clothing for humans.

Horse hair has several important uses. It maintains a horse’s body temperature consistently and shields it from environmental factors like wind and cold. Additionally, a horse’s hair shields its neck blood arteries and deters flies. Additionally, it contributes to the production and transmission of pheromones.

Horses have three coats: one for the summer and two for the winter. One of the winter coats is thin and short; the other is heavy and long; both have air spaces that act as insulation.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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