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    05-16-2010, 12:55 AM
My horse has one on the left side of her neck. It is not from an old injury, as far as I know.
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    05-16-2010, 01:01 AM
I was trying to think of where I saw that mark before...

I finally remembered that Cisco, my lesson horse from years back had one on his neck. I can't believe I remembered that. It was a long time ago. I also remember that it fit my thumb perfectly, as well.
    05-16-2010, 03:42 AM
Originally Posted by Nickers2002    
Nick has two My vet told me it's actually when they were laying in the womb as a foal. Where the hoof lays against the neck/chest/anywhere really can leave an imprint in the developing muscle. Nick has never has injuries where his two marks are...we've been together since he was born, so I would know.

Huh, that's pretty neat!
    05-16-2010, 04:00 AM
Kinda copying SR but this has just a touch more info to it.

Another marking is the 'Prophet's Thumbmark' which is a small indentation in the horse's neck, although it can also appear on other areas of the body. The legend goes that the Prophet Mohammed tested his horses by depriving them of water for several days. He then released them near a waterhole but before they reached it, he sounded his trumpet to summon them. Only five mares responded and returned to him, and these were kept for breeding. He pressed his thumb into their necks, leaving an indentation which they passed on to their offspring. It's said any horses bearing the mark are blessed, and the person whose thumb exactly fits the hole is the horse's true owner.
I seem to recall that Sis had one of those but I can't remember for sure. None of my current horses have one.
    05-16-2010, 05:24 AM
My saddlebred has one right along his crest closer to his head. How neat. I figured it was an old injury. I never noticed it before though, but my vet said it's old. I'm just not very observant I guess!

I'm also brave on Eric, and we always have a good ride. So maybe he is lucky!
    05-16-2010, 01:02 PM
Rainy has one on the left side of her neck, under her mane. It always freaked me out a little bit, so I asked the BO and she explained it wasn't anything to worry about. :)
    05-16-2010, 01:05 PM
Both my horses have one on their necks =]
    05-17-2010, 01:50 AM
Tex has one on the left side of his neck just above his chest/shoulder line (that's probably not anatomically correct I know!)
All this time I had no idea what it was.
Glad I stumbled across this thread!
    05-18-2010, 10:23 PM
My new boy Jesse has one one the underside of his neck right nearly on top of the jugular. I didn't have him when I posted the other day.
    05-18-2010, 10:28 PM
My previous horse Storm had a big one, and he wasn't really lucky for me, but my current horse Isabelle has one too, but it's littler, and we work together really well. Maybe there's something to that true owner stuff. =)

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