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post #1 of 138 Old 02-10-2011, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Reading swirls

Does anyone read swirls? I've read a book on it and I think the theory is interesting but haven't formed an opinion on it. Does anyone have strong feelings about it one way or another?
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Swirls as in cowlicks? Excel has a toonnn of those!
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Swirls as in cowlicks? Excel has a toonnn of those!
Right, as in the number of and in what direction the fur swirls to on their forehead and how it can indicate personalities.
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I would love to read up on that, subscribing!
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I had a old guy tell me this and I actually kinda believe it

If the swirl is above the eyes, the horse will be hot.
If the swirl is level or below the eyes, the horse will be mellow.

Every 'hot', or more spooky/spunky/difficult has had a swirl high up, above the eyes. Loki and Red especially
My first mellow horse, Divo who takes everything in stride, has a low swirl. Roughly an inch or so below the eye line.

Wait! I'll fix it....
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Interesting. Excel, Arthur, Frappe, and Lenox should be hot, but Lenox is in fact very calm!
Latte is calm. Molly is calm(????) too apparently!
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What do the different directions mean?
Kitty's swirl is above her eyeline but she seems pretty calm right now... I sure hope she stays that way!

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There's a video in horse.com that goes into details and the book I read, Getting in TTouch ( yes two t's) goes further into it. The basics outline single swirls above the eyes, single swirls below the eyes, long single swirls, double swirls and triple swirls. If your horse has more than one swirl then it means different things depending on where they are positioned. For instance, romeo has two swirls, one above the other which supposedly means that he has a split personality. I believe that one! The premise behind it is that the fur on the forehead is formed in utero and in connection with the brain. Some of it seems like hocus pocus but I'd be interested to see how many people agree with it. You would have to really know your horse to confirm accuracy, not just ridden the horse once or twice.

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Two geldings, Yes ive read the same thing!

Ark sly, that's the most common. is the swirl set to one side or another? If it's on the left she would be a bit more complicated but trustworthy, is it if on the right would indicate less cooperative than those who have them on the center or the left.
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