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Thick vs Thin

Some people like ’em thic. Others prefer long and lean..

Maybe our preference for body type is subconsciously based more in a preference for temperament type than build. More than we realize at least.

Studies in cattle have long since shown that the size of bone directly correlates to temperament. The smaller the bone the higher strung the cattle. Thicker bone shows quieter cattle.

That same thing can be see when we look at horses. An easy comparison is draft horse to…

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Added by Noche Miller on August 31, 2022 at 11:31am — No Comments

A Science And An Art

Science is beginning to prove that whorls really are connected deeply to temperament.
Which we have known all along.
Between finding the genes behind the whorls and temperament, and clinical studies showing strong similarities between reactions of animals with matching whorl types they have covered correlation and causation.
We can be sure that whorls are related to temperament.
The question…
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Added by Noche Miller on August 3, 2022 at 9:37am — No Comments

Equestrian Author Podcast

I have some rather exciting news and something a bit unusual to announce.
I had the pleasure of interviewing with Carly Kade a while back for her wonderful podacst, Equestrian Author Spotlight. It’s such a fun podcast to listen, all sorts of great authors to hear about and a fun place to find new book recommendations. It was an honor to get to be among those…
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Added by Noche Miller on July 30, 2022 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Introverts, So Often Misunderstood

Have you ever found yourself hiding from children? Wishing they would be still and leave you just a moments peace and quiet? Not that you don't love them. Do you feel drained and exhausted after time spent at parties or with groups of people? Not that you don't like them. Is time alone necessary to your survival and peace of mind?
Is so, you might be an…
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Added by Noche Miller on July 12, 2022 at 10:03am — No Comments

Horse Heads, It's In The Breed

Are there certain whorls that are more common in certain breeds?
Perhaps. In one study just over 50 percent of Thoroughbreds were found to have high whorls. It’s a majority but leaves plenty of room in there for other whorls.
The thing that is more common in breeds is head shape.…
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Added by Noche Miller on June 26, 2022 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Heavenly High Whorls



Not that it’s a bad thing.

They have big personalities, big emotions, big sensibilities.

When a horse has one single whorl placed above eye level they will be an extrovert. Extroverts are very aware of all the things going on around them. They don’t miss a single thing. That can be great if you want a cutting…

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Added by Noche Miller on April 19, 2022 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A Dog Tail

I love Readers Digest, there is always some gem to be found in there.

In this months it was an article talking about pets and what they are trying to tell us. Included was that when a dog wags their tails to the right they are curious, interested, engaged, they are working from the left side of the brain. When dogs wag their tails to the left it shows they are worried or fearful, working from the right side of their brain.

It is along the same lines as a horse spooking and…

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Added by Noche Miller on April 11, 2022 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Sensible Single Whorls

Those single whorl horses. They have an amazing reputation in the horse whorld. Steady, dependable, unchanging. They are the unicorn of whorls.

Yes, this is mostly deserved. It’s entirely possible that they can be those things.That single whorl shows a lack of extremes. Extremes are good to avoid with anything in life. The middle of the road, a little of everything and not too much of anything.

Most of the time a single whorl comes with a straight profile, squared off muzzle, a…

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Added by Noche Miller on March 29, 2022 at 4:42pm — No Comments

The Doule Whorl Club

They have a bad reputation. Watch out for those double whorls. Nothing but trouble. Said to have double personalities, wildly swinging mood changes. Jekyll and Hyde temperament. Avoid them when you can.

And yet.

There are a select few of us who like our double whorls.

What is a double whorl?

For this purpose it is two whorls stacked on top of each other or next to each other. There are other whorl patterns with two whorls but they aren’t usually included in this.…

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Added by Noche Miller on March 14, 2022 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why Do We Look At Whorls?

Why would looking at whorls on a horses head or body be able to give us any information about the horse?
It seems silly doesn’t…
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Added by Noche Miller on March 7, 2022 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Accident Prone?

Some whorls come with very specific ‘meanings’. The S shaped feathering is one of those.

When a horse has feathering on their forehead that twists and turns, sometimes in the shape of an S, others are just squiggly, it is said that horse will be accident prone.

While it does often hold true I think it’s important to look at what ‘accident prone’ actually means. It should be fairly obvious that the whorl doesn’t cause the horse to get hurt. Whorls are signs of what is going on…

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Added by Noche Miller on March 5, 2022 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Ears Back

We're taught from the beginning with horses that when they lay their ears back it means they are mad. It's a threat of attack. We need to teach them to respect us if they have their ears back when they are with…
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Added by Noche Miller on February 15, 2022 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

Cause or Effect?

There are so many parts of the horses head that give us clues to their temperaments.
The chin and…
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Added by Noche Miller on February 8, 2022 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Whorls On Cattle

Whether choosing a steer to train or picking out a heifer or bull, we can gain clues to what they will be like by looking at the whorls on cattle’s head.

Whorls form in utero as the rest of the animal develops. When there is any abnormality in the cells, a whorl in the hair develops over it. As the brain forms, whorls develop where there is activity. Whorls on the outside of a cow give us a unique view to what is going on inside the cow. We can use them to judge temperament, health,…

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Added by Noche Miller on January 31, 2022 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Pectoral Whorls

All horses have them. A feathered whorl down each side of the chest above the front legs.
Usually the pectoral whorls are even. Either both reaching high into the chest or both short and compact. The breed, type, and…
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Added by Noche Miller on January 24, 2022 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Neck Whorls

Lots of horses have whorls down the underside of their necks. Most of them are small enough that they don’t make a lot of difference. A small whorl will be a small spot in the neck where the neck will be straighter. There will be a little bit of extra muscling there.

As the whorls get bigger the effect they have will grow. Long whorls the length of the neck will make a major difference in how the horse carries the neck. What that difference will be depends on the type of whorl. There…

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Added by Noche Miller on January 17, 2022 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Donkey and Mule Whorls

Looking at the forehead whorls on horses is understood and there are fairly basic rules. High shows an extrovert. Low shows and introvert. That much is simple.

What happens when we start looking at some not so basic equines though?

Most mules and donkeys have low whorls. Those low whorls almost always have feathering. Does that mean that all donkeys and mules, I’ll call them long ears for ease of typing, are left brain introverts? Is there so little variation among…

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Added by Noche Miller on January 11, 2022 at 11:30am — No Comments

Simple Whorls

A single center whorl doesn’t tell us anything about the horses temperament, except that we can’t see any extreme’s from the whorl itself. It is neutral. That doesn’t mean that the horses temperament will be neutral.

Single whorls have a reputation for showing a quiet, dependable horse. That can be true, but isn’t a rule.

Instead when we see a sing;e center whorl we need to look at the rest of the head for clues to the temperament. Often the heads will show that, a simple,…

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Added by Noche Miller on January 4, 2022 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Sold at auction as a yearling, this horse sat in the feedlot until he was three. Luckily for him a loving family happened to drive by and spot him out there. They brought him home with them and he is…

Sold at auction as a yearling, this horse sat in the feedlot until he was three. Luckily for him a loving family happened to drive by and spot him out there. They brought him home with them and he is now living the good life.  The first two pictures are him immediately after leaving the feedlot. The rest are later, after he had time to settle in.

He has a single whorl perfectly centered between the eyes. This only shows us that we don’t see any extremes of temperament from the whorl.…

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Added by Noche Miller on December 14, 2021 at 5:32pm — No Comments

The Grey Mare

This mare has a single center whorl. That doesn't make her simple. A single center whorl only shows that we can't see any extremes of temperament from the whorl. It is still completely possible to see extremes from the head shape. Not that we see any extremes here, we also don't see anything boring and simple.

From the front we can't get a true reading of her eyes. This is why it's so important to remember that pictures are only a moment in time. If the horse is in a normal state that…

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Added by Noche Miller on December 12, 2021 at 7:31pm — No Comments

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