However, only hair whorls on the chest and to a lesser extent on the elbow were predictive of training success, and the predictions were in opposite directions at the two locations.
There is no shortcut available, footedness and hair whorl direction notwithstanding.
The distinctive "squash blossom" hair whorls
indicate that these four maidens are all eligible for courtship, a concept reinforced by the presence of the woven basket.
may give trainers an early clue that the horse needs practice turning the other way.
They found that 75 per cent of the 104 left-hoofed horses had anticlockwise hair whorls
, and 67 per cent of the 95 right-hoofed animals had clockwise whorls.
Of 104 left-hoofed horses, the researchers found that 78 (75 per cent) had anti-clockwise hair whorls
, while out of 95 who favoured their right side, 64 (67 per cent) had clockwise whorls.
A recent study had provided evidence for a link between left or right-handedness and the orientation of hair whorls
on the scalp, said the scientists.