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post #1 of 7 Old 09-21-2020, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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So I've been dabbling in looking into whorls. My new girl has one in between her eyes and a long one on the upper side on the right side of her neck up by her mane. I found it interesting that she's ok being approached by that side but not her left Anyone have any input or thoughts on whorls do you think they hold any merit?

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My bestest, most perfectest horse ever had double whorls on her forehead--something I haven't seen before or since. Because of her I look at/for whorls. I can't say that there is any meaning to them but they bring back very special memories of my mare.
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Either Sally Swift or Linda Tellington-Jones who wrote a ton about whorls and what they meant isn't it?
It isn't just the whorl, it is where it is positioned on the skull that matters...
I'm not sure about on the body but all horses have them for sure same as we humans have them or several of them..


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I once ran across a trainer who firmly believed in whorlology. What I wouldn't give to talk to him again today. It was a while ago, but here is what I remember learning from him.

Position of the whorls on the head can be indicative of sensitivity level, whether the horse is right or left handed, and personality type. If the fur spins to the right, your horse is more likely to be better going to the right. Same for left sided horses. He also said that the position of the whorl like if it was closer to the right eye could be indicative of whether the horse was more touchy on the side. (I think that the side the whorl is closer to is the less sensitive side.. But can't remember.)

Positioned high on the head (above the eyes) are likely to be highly intelligent, hyper sensitive types. Not dangerous unless handled poorly. Also not horses for the average beginner until highly trained.

Whorls between the eye are likely to be sane, agreeable types. Typical steady-eddy, bomb-proof horses. Better for the beginner.

He gave me a hell of a warning about whorls below the eye, mid face between under the eye and the nostril. I remember him so clearly. He said he never handled any horses as rank or dangerous as the ones with low whorls.

According to him, multiple whorls can be indicative of multiple personalities. The horse I was riding had 2 whorls side by side and he said that could mean that the horse was more flighty and spook prone on one side and calmer on the other. I don't know if I ever did see that in the horse, I was only a lesson student.
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It's like astrology. For every horse who fits their whorl, you can find another who doesn't. You can have fun with it, but it's not something I'd be basing any decisions on.



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He gave me a hell of a warning about whorls below the eye, mid face between under the eye and the nostril. I remember him so clearly. He said he never handled any horses as rank or dangerous as the ones with low whorls.
Mine has a whorl below the eyes. He's sensitive, but the furthest thing from rank or dangerous.
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My bestest, most perfectest horse ever had double whorls on her forehead--something I haven't seen before or since. Because of her I look at/for whorls. I can't say that there is any meaning to them but they bring back very special memories of my mare.
I think I remember someone saying that meant the horse was crazy....
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Either Sally Swift or Linda Tellington-Jones who wrote a ton about whorls and what they meant isn't it?
I think from memory it was Linda T-J.

I don't know there's any more actual 'ology' to it than there was for studying bumps on the skulls of criminals...
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