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post #1 of 30 Old 09-13-2012, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Facial Swirls and Horse Personality Observations -Myth?

Has anyone read Linda Tellington Jones' book on "Getting In TTouch with your Horse"? This book is intriguing as it describes physical attributes to a horse's personality. The swirls comments are interesting, ie. the number of swirls, the locations, can offer explanation of a horse's personality traits. This would be a fun discussion page to assess our horse's quirks. Other aspects of their anatomy give clues: how the muzzle is shaped, shape of the eyes, ears, jowls, lips, chin.....its all very interesting. Anyone up for that?
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I do believe in some of it, especially head/eye shape. I love a big, brown eye with no sclera showing when relaxed; I tend to find that horses with small, far set or pig eyes to be tougher than most to work with. Face shape, IMO, can tell me about the horse's personality.
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I think a friend of mine had that book and I graced over it once and was interested, but didn't really take much note to the credibility.

One thing that caught my eye were crooked blazes as aposed to straight blaze, and thin against wide. If we're talking about the same book, the author described a horse with a crooked blaze to be hot and a bit "off" (not "off" in a bad way, just goofy and different).

Unsure if this is the same book we are looking at, but I'd be willing to toss Raina's face picture in for description if anyone who read these books wanted to take a jab at her!

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Sounds like I want to read the book. :) Been interested in Lindas' work for a while anyway. By my local "equine folclore", the only facial swirl my horse has describes his main characteristics perfectly - calm, reliable, very intelligent.

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I've heard the swirl bit before, too, but I don't think I really believe it. Since hearing it, I observed many different horses with said characteristics, and thought about their behavior vs. physical appearances. It was not accurate with many of the horses. That is not to say that some horses completely lived up to the expectations. But I think it's important that we aren't prejudice towards horses because of their appearances or markings, and let them form our opinions. :)

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I've been dead on with many horse's personalities looking at swirls and facial features, my own, and other people's horses I've never seen before. In fact, the first thing I look for when seeing a horse in profile is the bump just below eye level. I'd never buy a horse like that. Seen at least 5 of them who matches Tellington's description to the T.
And I have one swirl she doesn't mention, I think that's a Bedouine thing, a swirl halfway down the neck, just below the mane, on both sides....a horse with those is worth it's weight in gold....it's true. I had three
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I glanced at the book but never read it - what's is say about horses with swirls EVERYWHERE! My mare has swirls on her belly, on the back of each leg, on her sides, on her neck, on her face Everywhere! She has huge dark eyes and a soft little squishy round nose :3
The bum swirls are two straight up, like seams up the back of her leg on both hind legs. Even her feathers have swirls xD
She has a little crooked star - it looks like a cat in a tree with it's tail hanging down - I always thought it was the Cheshire :P
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I've been dead on with many horse's personalities looking at swirls and facial features, my own, and other people's horses I've never seen before. In fact, the first thing I look for when seeing a horse in profile is the bump just below eye level. I'd never buy a horse like that. Seen at least 5 of them who matches Tellington's description to the T.
And I have one swirl she doesn't mention, I think that's a Bedouine thing, a swirl halfway down the neck, just below the mane, on both sides....a horse with those is worth it's weight in gold....it's true. I had three
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Can you post a picture of a horse with that bump for an example? I'm curious.

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Copperhead, im not sure if I have a pic anywhere, don't have the book anymore....left it in Italy like an idiot. Maybe the OP has it?
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I glanced at the book but never read it - what's is say about horses with swirls EVERYWHERE! My mare has swirls on her belly, on the back of each leg, on her sides, on her neck, on her face Everywhere! She has huge dark eyes and a soft little squishy round nose :3
The bum swirls are two straight up, like seams up the back of her leg on both hind legs. Even her feathers have swirls xD
She has a little crooked star - it looks like a cat in a tree with it's tail hanging down - I always thought it was the Cheshire :P
She talks and analyses the facial swirls. One dead center between the eyes = friendly, cooperative horse, long feathered swirl = very good, performance oriented, but in the wrong hands can be difficult and stubborn....and so on
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