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Wow...that is sharp!  I have not seen anything like that before either...very interesting.
I have the other picture of his full face here, and I will have to figure out how to get the video posted.  The video is awesome and I love this horse already!  In the video he is lapping water out of the stock tank like a dog.  We had a horse do that here yesterday and really got a kick out of it.  

Angie, do you know if the white marks on the sides of his face actual markings, or are they scars from a rope halter?  

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Not sure if that's a scar or not he's a little dished in across the nose in that area. His head almost looks Arabian. I'll see if I have a profile pic of his head and send it to you Karen!
Side view pic:  

What a cute horse you have there!  

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So can anyone elaborate on his whorls please?
I posted some information about the whorl patterns that is back on the other pages of this thread.  I will add a bunch of links here where you can read about the patterns and what the thoughts are, and some more information here: 

Here is what is said about the multiple whorls in this article: 
5a, b & c. Three swirls close together on the forehead (not up under the forelock): Triple swirls are rare; very few were reported in the survey. However, from my own observations in the ensuing years, I’ve seen that, in geldings and mares, the triple swirl indicates a complex individual but not an unpredictable one. Stallions, however, are another story entirely—about 80 percent of the stallions I’ve observed with this marking have exhibited unreliable, often dangerous behavior. Though most rare, I have seen cases of multiple swirls on the face, and would venture to say that such patterns would tend to indicate complex horses. Many years ago I was a judge at a horse show in California, and in the line-up I noticed a small, liver chestnut mare that had an amazing 16 swirls on her head. It turned out that she was a very successful junior jumper, but her owner, a 15-yearold boy, was the only one who could ride her. The young man said she had been very difficult to train initially, but now she was very attached to him and would do anything for him. 












Here's your picture of Al, Karen. I don't have any that are any more close up. He has a double whorl, one on top of the other. I would say the description from Tellington Jones about doubled whorled horses fits him pretty well. 

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Oh yes, I forgot about Al!  Here is that picture in a close cropped version to see his whorls better.  [smile]  

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Now that whorl looks like a little tornado going on in the middle of his forehead. 
and this one would mean what?

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*Mandy* is thinking that she NEEDS more to JOIN her club.... great photo.... love it... leave it to *Hollywood* herself to pose just right.
Linda Tellington-Jones book doesn't make reference to sworls/whorls on mules or donkeys. Her research (according to book) was done only on horses.  Mules I have seen do not necessarily have sworls/whorls in similar places as horses. Head characteristics such as eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth and head profile may be equally as important whether horse, mule or donkey in judging the animal's personality and character.  Included with this to bring out an equine's best features on the ground and when riding is the huge value of his/her human's responsibility to become the best leader possible starting with basic ground exercises.
Jenni O.
Jurita, it means, "stop taking my picture and get that fly off of my face. Make yourself useful!"
Debbie M.
This is the best close up pic I could find of Sadie (Lady) showing her face. Usually her long forelock covers her face partially up! I think that Sadie is the kind of horse that craves attention, and does silly little things when she gets it. She loves to check out my clothing, and tries to pull down my jacket zipper, and tries to get her nose into my jacket pockets. (checking for treats). She is very intuitive, and likes to check things out. Being that she is blind, her sense of smell and hearing, are very strong. I think she is quite brave in doing that. She loves to play with squeeky toys (under supervision) and even plays with a treat ball outside. She follows me around in the pasture many times too, and if I try to go faster, sometimes she will trot! She is very friendly and loving.

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Debbie M.
Phoenix's personality is that he likes to be playful in a good kind of way. He likes to show off alot. He is very sweet, and loves to have attention too, and steals attention away from Sadie(Lady). He likes to show that he is the boss to sadie, but also protects her too. He will be sure she stays away from the fences if they get to exercising in the trot or lope. He will herd her away from the fence. He also wants Sadie (Lady) to be some independent too. If she calls for him, he will not usually answer her. He does look at her to see where she is at, and what she is doing. At one time I remember her kind of in a panic, where she didn't know where he was, and he came over and gently seemed to massage her side and neck, and she calmed down. When I am brushing them in the pasture with no halters on, he will always stick his head over for me to brush him at the same time. He once came over to me from under Sadie's tail, when I was brushing her hind leg, for me to brush his head then too! He loves to relax in his stall laying down, sometimes on his side. He would probably love being hand fed treats at that time too. LOL. I can even clean his hooves while he is laying down, and he will let me move them around to clean. I can sit on him as well, keeping my legs to one side.

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Debbie M.
This was my horse Jet that crossed over Rainbow Bridge before he reached the age of 22. He was a kids lesson, daycamp, and trail horse. Jet lived at his old home for about 12 years. He was known as Mr. Grumpy! As much as he knew what his job was, and did it very well, and was safe for the kids, he did not care to be petted or hugged. he would back away many times. He did not like massaging at all, his ears would go back! He would never let me go up to pet him when he was laying down, his ears would go back. If he did want attention, which was mostly just to be near you, it made you feel really good that he wanted to be with you.  he was a dominant horse, and NO other horse would mess with Jet. He was the only horse in the pasture when we moved him to be with us when I bought him. If you didn't ride Jet for a month, it was just like you rode yesterday. he knew his stuff, and would keep you safe. He always looked forward to that time together. He also knew how to give me a hug for a treat. He always knew what was going on, because he always had to check it out!

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Christine B in MN
I found that the whorls on horses faces, seem to fit their descriptions. There are other factors that can come into play, but as a whole, it seems to fit. My fox trotter mare, Shay, has a long low whorl on her forehead and according to Linda tellington jones, she is a character. She is a character, and very smart and personable. She gets into trouble, but in good fun and is always happy to see us. 

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Zegas brother last year has the same just closer together than hers..
She's an American shetland x Tennessee walker

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Toros are also higher than zegas.

What are we in for ??

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Hi, bought this AQHA filly this spring and as it turns out she‘s covered in peculiar whirly patterns! She‘s been a very friendly and clever baby right from the start - but I am curious what we‘re in for...

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Stacey T.
I have a four year old saddlebred gelding with two counter clockwise high center swirls.

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