You might have heard of the idea before; that hair whorls on horses indicate certain personalities. It’s an idea that dates back as far as equine domestication itself does. Swirlology, Whorlology or Whorl Theory all suggest that you can gain insight into the kind of horse you’re looking at based on the patterns in their hair.
Is it even worth considering?
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence out there that suggests whorls are significant – if you speak to people who take note of whorls, they’re likely to say they do matter. But his could be tradition or bias; people who talk about whorls are just more likely to think they’re significant.
Is there a biological basis for the idea?
Yes, there is. It isn’t very clearly understood, but the embryonic tissue that ends up becoming facial skin (and therefore changes whorl patterns) is the same tissue that ends up in the brain. So it isn’t inconceivable that the two things could be correlated.
Is there scientific evidence for whorl theory?
Proper evidence eventually came about when researchers observed 1,500 cattle being moved from fields. As one observer recorded the position of their facial whorls, another recorded their behaviour and ranked levels of aggression or agitation.
They found that whorl positioning did have an effect on the behaviour of the cattle; if the whorl was above the eyes, the cow was more likely to become agitated. They also found different correlations between hair patterns and certain behaviours in guinea pigs, rats, foxes and humans.
The same pattern found in cows was found in horses; whorls that were above the eyes of the horse meant the horse was easier to agitate and harder to work with.
The researchers stressed that, although they had found significant results, they couldn’t predict detailed aspects of horse personality. Instead, high whorl positions indicated that a horse was more likely to be frightened and could therefore be more difficult to work with. They stressed the importance of using this information when training. Horses with high whorls should never be reprimanded for being difficult, because it’s often an indication that they are uncomfortable.
The positioning of a whorl does not define a horse’s personality. It is one influence amongst many, many others and can often be drowned-out. Think of it as a single voice in a symphony; although it makes a difference, it’s usually difficult to see the effect it’s having.
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Common Foods That Grow In Surprising Ways
It is a common belief that pineapples grow on trees, however this plant is in fact a herbaceous perennial. It has soft leaves and no steam resembling that of a palm. The pineapple is of the same family as air plants. The fruit only grows after the plant is old enough to flower, which takes 2 or 3 years. The pineapple grows out of the center of the plant and is actually a berry!
Chocolate comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree. The seeds are roasted and fermented before they can be used with other products to make chocolate.
Vanilla is grown in an orchard like other fruits however it is not grown in many areas of the world. The reason for this is that the bee that can naturally pollinate vanilla is only found in Mexico and Central America. It can be grown elsewhere if it is hand pollinated but vanilla still remains expensive due to this.
Asparagus is grown out of the ground, each stalk emerges from the ground separately. It is a perennial plant, which means that it grows back year after year even when you cut it if the conditions are right. If the asparagus is left too long it will flower and get taller growing leaves and berries that are toxic.
Cashews grow on trees like many other nuts. However the cashew nut is encased in a shell at the base of the cashew fruit which is known as a cashew apple. The apple can be turned into jellies and is also distilled into liquor.
Peanuts are in fact legumes like lima and kidney beans. They grow in the ground and are dug out as you can see in this picture.
Coffee comes from a seed that is encased in a red coloured cherry fruit and is called the coffee cherry. Mostly people ignore the fruit that comes with the coffee seed but it is able to be brewed into tea.
Artichokes are part of the same family as thistles, the part that we eat is the flower before it has bloomed. It will hang in the middle of a cluster of small flowers.
Chickpeas are unlike other peas which grow in a pod with several other seeds. These peas do grow in pods however there is only one chickpea within the pod.
Capers are similar to artichokes in the fact that they are actually edible flower buds that are picked before their bloom and pickled.
Brussel Sprouts are part of the same family as cabbages which is no surprise, but they grow on a fibrous stalk clustered tightly together.
How Much Does it Cost To Build a Carport?
The average cost for building a domestic carport is $6,706.
This cost is an average for two-car carports. Smaller carports can be as little as $2,000 for some single car carports, whilst carports with space for extra storage can run up to $15,000.
Industrial carports & rural farm carports or machinery sheds cost more, averaging about $30,000.
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