I recently came across a mystery animal that has bolted from the stable of cryptozoological familiarity only to roam in the waste-lands of cryptozoological obscurity. Namely the hairless horse. Here I present three old newspaper stories about this mystery beast, dating from 1838,1880 and 1892 respectively.
The Sun (
) February 1st
1838. Baltimore, Maryland
A Hairless Horse – There is a horse exhibiting at Tattersalls,
, that has not a particle of hair on any part of
his body,and whose skin resembles that of an elephant. It is said his dam was
frightened at an elephant, and his owner was so much frightened at his
appearance that he gave him away to a neighbour,who, after he was three years
old, sold him for $2,300. New
Free Press ( ) May 6th
1880 Osage City,
GEN. KAUPMANN has just presented to the Zoological Garden at
Moscow a hairless horse
from Central Asia. The animal belongs to a
hybrid species ,and is considered a great rarity; it is well formed, but its
skin is red and without the slightest trace of hair, and in cold it has to be kept
covered with blankets. Moscow
THE HAIRLESS HORSE. An otherwise perfect animal absolutely destitute of hair.
Some weeks ago we gave a description and illustration of a horse with phenomenal growth of the hair of the mane and tail, the rest of his coat being quite normal. In the present issue we reproduce from the Scientific American an example of the opposite extreme ,from a life study of the curious animal portrayed. This is a horse absolutely destitute of hair. Neither neck nor tail nor any part of the body shows the least hirsute growth. The texture of the skin is silky and smooth; the color is almost a full black. The animal is of rather heavy type, and with his delicate surface does not produce any unpleasant impression. There are said to be two such horses known to exist in this country. One of them was foaled in the west; the one we illustrate is credited to
The skin in one of thee animals is affected curiously, the perspiratory function seeming to be absent. The horse does not sweat when exercised, and the mouth or nose seems to provide the escape for what would otherwise be true skin perspiration.