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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

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May this year be much better than the last two years for all of us.

Sorry for the break the last few weeks, my sons and their families visited for the holidays. I did get to ride, weather permitting, and I got all my riding lessons in.

Not…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 1, 2022 at 10:18am — 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

Musing About Grooming

Musing About Grooming

Fortunately we had rain this week and today, we have been in drought status so we need every drop of rain that falls. Of course it messes up my riding but we NEED this rain.

Lately I have been exploring the Haas brushes, researching all the descriptive blurbs the saddlers attach to their listings,…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 11, 2021 at 10:56am — No Comments

Bad Luck?

According to tradition some whorls are bad luck.

That is such a broad term. What exactly does it mean? How did someone decide such a thing?

I’m not one for superstition so I enjoy breaking it down and looking at possible causes for such superstition. One of the most famous whorls, and one of the easiest to break down is the shredded collar, a…

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Added by Noche Miller on December 8, 2021 at 11:19am — No Comments

Whorl Bias

Every horse should be judged according to their own individual nature.
If we look at a horse’s…
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Added by Noche Miller on December 4, 2021 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Should I film today?

I have no storage left on my camera which leads me to have to film on my phone for the vlog today. I may or may not film today. I am sorry that the vlog did not get posted yesterday like I promised. The camera data wiped out again and I can’t find any of it! I will film the day in the life vlog very soon!!!

Added by Lucy on November 28, 2021 at 11:59am — No Comments

One Day Better, One Day Worse

One Day Better, One Day Worse

Last Sunday it started off cold, but then Shannon was late picking me up so it was warmer when I rode Cider.

When we got to Shannon's horses' stable yard Cider was happily standing, untied, with all her Fenwick and BOT neck and rump rugs draped over her. In the confusion of getting everything…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on November 27, 2021 at 11:12am — No Comments

Thanksgiving vlog… URGENT NEWS!

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(By the way this is 7:30ish in the morning not night.)

Added by Lucy on November 26, 2021 at 6:55pm — 1 Comment

Vlog Preveiw

This vlog will just be, well not even a vlog. This is just a video of some of the fun things I do with my horses and my friends. The exclusive vlog is coming out tomorrow!!! Can’t wait to film. Thank you and stay tuned for my next vlog!

Added by Lucy on November 23, 2021 at 8:11pm — 3 Comments

Double Whorled Complications

The slightest change in the location of a horse’s whorls can make huge differences in temperament.

No where is that more difficult to figure out than in side by side and diagonal double whorls. These whorls show almost…

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Added by Noche Miller on November 22, 2021 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

Exclusive Thanksgiving Vlog!!!

Hey! There will be an exclusive Thanksgiving vlog coming up. It will be filmed and posted Wednesday by 8:00 pm. If there are any delays or changes you guys will be the first to hear. I am not going to spoil it for you but I will tell you this, it will be so fun! I will be posting a preview on Monday or Tuesday, whenever I get time to film. Then your weekly vlog will be out on Saturday. There will be 3 blogs coming out this week! Usually there is 1 per week unless it is vlogmas so you should…

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Added by Lucy on November 21, 2021 at 4:28pm — No Comments

"I Want the YUMMY Hay!"

“I Want the YUMMY Hay!”

MJ has a fixation on timothy hay. He is outside in one of the grass paddocks that also has a big hay roll 24/7/365 so he always has something to eat. But to the refined tastes of MJ the hay in the big roll is inferior to the timothy hay from square bales. The stable workers spread flats from the timothy bales every day so the outside horses can get some, but MJ also…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on November 20, 2021 at 10:51am — No Comments

Double Trouble ?

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Added by Noche Miller on November 17, 2021 at 10:51am — No Comments

What tack should I use?

I have done English for about 4 years now but I haven’t owned my own English tack till about 2 years ago. I am just wondering what brand saddle pad to get for a jumping pad. Thank you!!! 

Added by Lucy on November 16, 2021 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

Pictures of Aspen!!!

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Added by Lucy on November 15, 2021 at 8:04pm — 4 Comments

What is your favorite horse breed?

Hi! 
   My name is Lucy. What is your favorite horse breed? My favorite horse breed is an Arabian, or a mustang. I have both breeds and many more but my favorites are definitely the Arabian and the mustang. 
Leave your fav breed in the comments!

=my Arabian, Aspen.

Added by Lucy on November 14, 2021 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

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