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    05-25-2008, 04:09 PM

Does anyone base a horses temperament on the swirl(s) on their face? There is a very interesting article on it in the new issue of Horse & Rider that suggests that a horse with one hair swirl evenly in the middle of the eyes or a bit higher is more calm and easier to work with than one with more than one swirl or a swirl that is too high/low on the face. Any thoughts?
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    05-25-2008, 05:22 PM
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Ive heard of that too. Sounds pretty neat.
    05-25-2008, 05:34 PM
There's a thread about this in the grooming forum. Jazzy posted some interesting research links in it.
    05-26-2008, 12:43 AM
I don't believe it. My TB mare had a low swirl, but was the smartest darn horse I've ridden in a long time. My gelding had a high swirl and I swear he had lard for brains... complete opposite of the supposed "swirl-ology" that I've heard.

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