“You know what that means, young lady?” questioned the third generation rancher to the cowgirl wanna be. “No sir, I don’t,” I answered. “Well that there tells you what kind of horse you’ll be settin’ on. You can tell by the way his hair circles. See that?”
Hair Swirls/Whorls: those funny hair patterns on the front of a horse’s head; bulls-eye-center, more one side or another, midline high or low – indicators to those who know their animals best, the farmers, ranchers and live stock handlers whose livelihoods depend on it. Passed down through generations; best to know who you’re marrying before your commit.
Many take the advice; others who don’t might wonder why they didn’t. Some live by it, others say it’s a bunch of hooey. Doesn’t matter, they generally prove clear whether you buy it or not.
- Bulls-eye-center usually means steady eddy
- The higher the whorl, the hotter the horse
- The lower the whorl, the slower the horse
- More to the right the more independent
- More to the left the more dependent
- The double whorl…could mean trouble!
There are books, articles and definitions; truth, commentary or old wives tales. Set a spell and learn for yourself. The old adages are just that, guidelines from which to get an indication of what and who these critters are. Doesn’t mean good, bad or indifferent, just ‘take a look and see for yourself if it pans out.’
Or, it could mean, this is who he is – now deal with it.
Joyce Leake, Founder of Animal University
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