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Diagonal Doubles

I thought he had a single high whorl, set slightly to our right. I like my extroverts. The whorl being to my right worried me a little. Hopefully he wouldn’t be too sensitive.

Buying horses unseen, online, from great distances has never worried me. I only buy horses I plan on starting myself and I have the whorls to go by. No worries. He was stunning, well built, well bred. So I got him.

When he got here he was much quieter than I would have expected with that high right whorl. Subdued and restrained. If not for that high whorl I would have said he was an introvert. How could a horse with a high whorl be an introvert?

It was only after he had been here for a few months that I realized the spot off to the side of the whorl never did go away. It wasn’t a scuff in the hair. It was a small whorl in and of itself. And so the diagonal double was found.

He was so different from the extroverts that I usually work with. He hid his emotions better than I looked for them. I didn’t notice the signs of stress and concern. Riding training progressed. Not well, but we were kind of making progress. Until, out of the blue, to me, he bolted.

Because I hadn’t been paying attention to his feelings that he had been keeping tightly in check I was caught completely unaware. Because I hadn’t noticed the tight eyes and chin, the tension in his body. Because I hadn’t helped him find calmness and relax. I was caught by surprise. No one was hurt, but I knew I couldn’t handle this.

I sent him off to a friend. The friends natural calmness and lack of concern over the desire to bolt, the behavior I had accidentally taught this horse, suited the horse perfectly. Together they could do anything. He became as fearless as he had seemed when his emotions were kept hidden. He was listened to and actually heard. That was what he had needed and what I was unaware he was missing and thus had been unable to give.

He wasn’t a bad horse. He wasn’t unwilling. He didn’t want to explode. He just needed to right person and the right handling. Sudden spooking and bolting ‘out of the blue’ was caused by a lack on my part, not his. He was trying his hardest.

A diagonal double shows a horse who is a right brain introvert. The introvert part causes them to hide their emotions, hold them tightly inside. The right brain part is sensitive and reactive. All that sensitivity is hidden if we don’t look closely. It comes out explosively when we don’t recognize what the horse is telling us, in his own quiet way.

With the right handling and the right rider a right brain introvert can be a wonderful horse. This horse is now a favorite in his new home with the friend who put some rides on him for me. They got along so well, and I didn’t, that it seemed best to let him go to a home where he would be appreciated and happy. There is no more spooking and bolting.

I moved on to another crazed extrovert with his feelings right out there for the world, and me, to see. There are no bad whorls. Just whorls that may suit one person better than another.