Are you curious about those swirls on your new horses forelock or maybe they are right in the middle of his eyes? Many horse breeders and purchasers actually read these swirls to determine the personality of the horse itself.
There are several horsemen and horsewomen who have actually taken up the study and reading of swirls. The University of Colorado Study by Temple Grandin, Department of Animal Science, August 1998, states that Colorado University labs were the first to discover the brain, skin and hair all form at the same time, providing evidence of the relationship between hair whorl positions and differences in temperament. These swirls/whorls are thought to be formed with the hair actually coming from the personality area of the brain to the skin during this time of formation. To obtain the entire study Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals contact Academic Press, 525 B Street, Suite 1900, San Diego, CA 92101 or call 1-800-321-5068, email email@example.com.
Amazingly many extremely expensive horses have been purchased for top dollars due to the swirls/whorls upon their forehead.
By visiting here you can view Chris Irwin’s videos about the reading of and learning about horse forelock swirls/whorls. Chris explains that the average swirl is right between the eyes and if tight and conformed indicates a normal to average temperament. He also points out that if the swirls/whorls are higher above the eyes the horse is open minded and able to take in instructions and maintain them. If the swirls/whorls are below eye level this indicates a closed mind and strong willed/stubborn horse.
There are many different types of swirls/whorls found on the heads of horses and it can take a great deal of study to actually read these swirls/whorls. For example if the swirl/whorl is geometric the horse is believed to have the ability to focus, muddled in pattern the horse is not able to focus and becomes distracted easily, if the swirl/whorl is high and muddled then the horse is completely unable to focus but is hyperactive and Chris calls this the ADHD horse.
Learning to read the swirls/whorls on a horse can be fun and quite interesting. Keep in mind that it will take a professional who has been trained to read the swirls/whorls on horses to actually give you an appropriate reading of your horse.
Even though many breeders and professional horsemen use this method to decide value and purchase of horses, I personally would not suggest reading the swirls/whorls as the only means of determining the worth and personality of the horse you may be looking to purchase.
To learn more about Swirls and Whorls on horses purchase a book written by Linda Tellington Jones, Getting in Touch: Understand and Influence Your Horse’s Personality.