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A Prophet’s Thumbprint

Have you ever noticed one of these indentations on your horse? Did you know it comes with a story?

June 10, 2020

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.

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

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