Photo courtesy of A Bit Of Honey Training.……

A “prophet’s thumbprint” is a depression in the muscle, usually found on the lower part of a horse’s neck or shoulder in the shape of a thumbprint. Although it is harmless, it does come with a legendary story:

“The Prophet Mohammed was wandering the desert with his herd of horses for many days, and as they approached an oasis he sent them forth to drink. But as the thirsty horses approached the water, he called them back. Only five of his mares stopped and returned to him, and to thank them for their loyalty he blessed them by pressing his thumbprint into their necks. It’s believed that a horse with such a mark will be outstanding, being a descendant of one of these brood mares that the Prophet Mohammed particularly treasured.” – A Bit Of Honey.

Photo courtesy Equine Management Training Center.

Have you ever wondered what the whorl pattern on your horse’s forehead means?