SPEAR. The feather of a horse, called the stroke of the spear, is a mark in the neck or near the shoulder of some barbs, and some Turkish and Spanish horses, representing the blow or cut of a spear, with some resemblance of a scar. This feather is deemed an infallible sign of a good horse.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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