Fascia seems to come up a lot lately.

Or maybe it’s just me.

It is a fascinating subject. One that covers every drop of the horse. Physically and as a topic of conversation.

Fascia is the thin web like structure that underlies a horse’s skin. Literally web like. Have you ever pulled apart the thick web of a wolf spider or black widow? It has that same feel and thickness to it. Surrounding the muscle and the internal organs, it is an organ in its own right. A communication network of sensory information. No matter how much people are now talking about fascia, it doesn’t seem like something we can ever discuss enough.

It is pretty much undisputed, as far as I am aware, that crushed velvet is caused by the fascia. If you dispute it please let me know they what and why of your knowledge. The fascia gets irritated and tight drawing the hair upright as it does so and creating waves across the body.

That mark, or whorl, in the hair, goes far deeper than “Just the way a cm of hair lies” as some people like to look at whorls.

When I look at body whorls I generally associate body whorls with the muscles underneath. And they do work directly with the action of the muscle, but, could I but looking at things from the wrong perspective? We know fascia causes some whorls. Could it actually be the source of all body whorls?

Is it possible that permanent flaws? Features? traits? of fascia could be present from birth? Fascia can tighten to form a natural compression wrap to immobilize and protect an area in the case of injury. Is it possible that it could be doing that in parts of the body without injury? Places where the fascia is holding the muscling in a firmer grip, helping it to contract and hold more easily, leaving a tight whorl on the skin and hair? Or places where the fascia is naturally weak, allowing the muscle to bulge and sag, there leaving a large open whorl?

The fascia lies between the muscling and the skin. Whorls show us the state of whatever lies directly beneath it. Maybe in assuming it is showing the muscling I am skipping a very important layer altogether.

After all, it is already shown that fascia causes whorls. Those whorls, crushed velvet, can be changed and affected by forces acting on the body. Maybe whorls are permanent crushed velvet, unable to be changed by outside forces.