When I first started riding, I noticed an indention in the shoulder of the trainer’s horse. The trainer’s mom, a true horsewoman I still have a great deal of respect for, explained it to me as Muhammad’s thumbprint, a not unusual marking, especially on Arabs and TBs. Eli’s got a pretty big one.
Sign of good luck? Perhaps. I have read more recently that it could be caused by some genetic weirdness, or even tiny little foal embryo hooves, depending on how the foal is situated in the womb. Googling “Muhammad’s thumbprint” yields a few versions of the stories behind it, and that for a brief period in Puritan England it was considered a mark of bad luck rather than good. The stories behind it get lumped in with the stories behind bloody shouldered horse markings, and whorls. Another marking this makes me think of are the Bend Or spots, or grease spots–the random black marks some horses have. My palomino had a few, and Eli has a mark that looks like one on his right haunch. He also has a Franken-stitch scar on his neck, from what I assume was an old injury.
Before the advent of micro-chipping, all these different markings might have been more significant for identification, especially for horses without brands or lip tattoos. Do your horses have any unique markings with stories behind them?