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Old horsemans tale?

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  • Old horsemans tale?

    Read an old article about telling a horses age and here is a new one on me.

    "After a horse is 9 years old , a wrinkle appears at the corner of the lower lid ad every year after he has one well defined wrinkle for each year of his age over nine. If for instance he has three wrinkles his age is 12, if four the horse is 13."

    For those of you that have horses over 9 can you go look into your horses eyes and see if this is true or a tall tale. Pics too if you can.

    I never noticed the wrinkles never even thought to look.
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  • #2
    Hadn't heard that one. I HAVE heard the one about the lower the position of the whorl on the forehead, the less-hot and more tractable the horse. Surprisingly, I've found it runs pretty true!

    Got a 30-something with TWO whorls, side by side. Maybe that's why he's lived so long? Now I have to check his wrinkles!


    • #3
      I'm just trying to picture a 28 year old horse with 19 wrinkles at his eye. Hm. I guess...no.
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      • #4
        hmm, Im looking at photos now and I can't see it. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place...


        • #5
          Originally posted by Lady Eboshi View Post
          Got a 30-something with TWO whorls, side by side. Maybe that's why he's lived so long? Now I have to check his wrinkles!
          I've always been told that 2 hair whorls side x side signified a talented by super quirky critter. We've got THREE beasties with this phenom and all 3 prove the old wives tale to be true. Our Connie X mare's mom had 2 hair whorls, as well. On her bad days just put her back in the field...on her good days, nothing was ever better!


          • #6
            Our 2-whorler now has me perfectly trained to his satisfaction. I have a rule--once they're over 30, they can get anything they want.


            • #7
              I have a 20yo 2-whorler who IS super talented and slightly quirky (too smart for his own good). I'll snap a picture of him tomorrow but I'm 99% sure he's only got a wrinkle or 2 at his eye.
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              • #8
                Isn't it Linda Tellington-Jones who has the whorle theory? I know someone wrote an article or chapter about it.

                As far as the wrinkles, I'm as old as dirt and I never heard that. Maybe they really meant elephants?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CFFarm View Post
                  Isn't it Linda Tellington-Jones who has the whorle theory? I know someone wrote an article or chapter about it.

                  As far as the wrinkles, I'm as old as dirt and I never heard that. Maybe they really meant elephants?
                  Another old timer here, I too have not heard about wrinkles either.

                  I have heard wall-eyed horses are wild.
                  Then people started breeding paints wholesale.
                  Now many have those white rimmed eyes and what do you know, they are just like any other horse, not wild at all.

                  I have heard all kinds of whorl theories, some contradict each other.
                  If your horse fits the theory you heard of lately, then it works.
                  If not, then it didn't.