Best of HN: The Horse Haircut That Destroyed the Internet

Horse owners can be a bit particular when it comes to the grooming care of their horses. Hunter-jumpers are constantly trying to achieve the perfect pulled look while many breed competitors or western horses aspire to have long, luscious locks.

Bangs, however, have never been a popular fashion statement in the horse world. Take a gander at this photo that has been making its way around the internet showing off a somewhat tragic, albeit kind-hearted haircut of rescue horse Sammy.

These notes are funny until you are the one the notes are directed towards … oh dear. Photo by Matt Spencer.

Of course, as the story unfolds it came out that the trim was made with the best intentions. A kind volunteer felt that Sammy’s forelock was bothering him and thought he would help out and make him more comfortable. I can’t shame a Dad that has the best interest of the horse at heart, so props to you, Dad — just place the scissors down next time and everyone will be happy!

And where there is one, there are bound to be more. Take a look at these reader-submitted photos of a handful of horrible haircuts that might make your skin crawl …

Photo by Jennifer Abel-Bogash

“I honestly didn’t think he would look like Moe from the Three Stooges,” said Jennifer. While we see the resemblance, this little cutie definitely ranks as cuter than his human doppelgänger in our minds!

Photo submitted by Lauren Kasden

They say a good set of bangs will really accentuate the face … I’m not sure that applies to horses.

Photo provided by Olivia Coolidge

This one … well, this one is kind of cute in an OMG NO kind of way. I think the longer mane definitely balances out the bluntness of the bangs … right? “This horse is very old and her forelock gets in her eyes, which causes her to get eye infections,” said Olivia Coolidge. “My sister asked if she could cut it for my Grandma, and she did this!”

Photo submitted by Julia Kranz

A 10-year-old child committed the above forelock crime to Julia’s horse. Julia doesn’t mind: “My love is blind for this horse. Hair grows back. Heart horses come only once possibly twice in a lifetime.”

Photo by Chloe Ras

Chloe snapped this photo of her friend’s horse. “I think his bangs are becoming all the rage in Europe,” she said. And we agree! Lots of famous show jumping stallions in Europe are sporting the blunt bang. Will this trend catch on here in the States?

While this may not be the desired look for everyone, we think these horses and ponies shine through their questionable haircuts. Has a horse you know been a victim of a forelock crime? Share you photos in the comments!