For most people, encountering a horse is not an every day occurrence. Here are a few things about horses that you may not know:
- The horse has almost all-round vision as its eyes are set more to the side of its head than ours.
- A horse’s hearing is extremely accurate and the ears are able to rotate 180 degrees, which means they can often hear things in the distance that we can’t.
- Horses have a strong sense of smell, and may react if an unpleasant or unfamiliar odor comes their way.
- Herd instinct is high which can lead to the horse being reluctant to leave its paddock and its friends.
IF THE HORSE SENSE DANGER:
- It may stop dead to look at the object
- It may snort to see of the object moves
- It may step sideways or backwards to avoid getting too close
- In extreme circumstances it may turn and flee (flight instinct) which can lead to lack of control from the rider
- Even the most quiet and well-behaved horse may jump and fall into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- If a vehicle gets too close and startles the horse, it may well kick out catching its hoof or body on the car.
- Loud or sudden noises can frighten horses: Don’t yell or honk, and if you have a loud radio, please turn it down.
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