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Why Horses "Spook"


Horses are "flight" animals, meaning when threaten or startled they run away from what ever scared them. In the wild, horses were hunted by larger animals such as Mountain Lions. The horses eyes are placed on the side of there head which gives them 360 degree vision but makes it hard to focus on objects. When a horse sees a log on the side of a trail it may look like a predator until they actually focus on it with both eyes.

Horses can hear, smell, and see far greater movements then we can. Their lives depend on their great senses to survive. A horse can be taught to not spook by getting it used to different objects and letting the horse see them with both eyes. The best way is to let the horse see, smell and touch the object that it's afraid of.

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