Interesting posted by Chuck Nifong who shared Beadle Lake Large Animal Clinic’s status.
….Many of people have ask over the years …. What does the Swirl mean, well here you go. My Grandfather taught me this many years ago and I have found it to be TRUE
Swirlology 101- (whorl patterns). Have you ever wondered what the whorl pattern on your horse’s forehead means. Some old timers have said it can be the gateway to the soul. See if you agree.
A swirl located between the eyes indicates an easy going, uncomplicated horse.
Swirls higher on the forehead indicate intelligence and a more reactive nature.
Long swirls, especially those that extend below the eye indicate a friendly and agreeable nature.
Multiple swirls can indicate multiple personalities. High and tight side by side swirls can mean a horse that is super focused and talented, but challenging and difficult in the wrong hands.
2 swirls on top of each other can mean extreme personality swings and unpredictability.
Multiple swirls that form a Z pattern can signal a horse that is dangerous and violent.
The direction that the whorl turns can tell you if the horse is right or left “handed” (or hoofed) . If the whorl flows counterclockwise it is left “handed”. If the whorl flows clockwise it is right “handed”. Tell us any other wives tales you have heard about whorl patterns.
* vis Grand National Rodeo