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What I See vs. What My Horse Sees

What I See vs. What My Horse Sees

All equestrians must learn to manage “mind over matter”. Part of it is understanding how your horse perceives and reacts to his world. Example: Have you ever been out on a trail ride when your horse simply refuses to go by a suspicious-looking blade of grass? Or even in the arena when your horse is convinced that the corner by B is haunted?

This is due to the fact that horses are prey animals, and therefore have a different way of viewing the world that humans are simply not able to understand. But here at Heels Down, we have developed a special horse-vision-ometer that allows us to see what our horses see for the first time ever. Prepare to be amazed.

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Also, pro tip: Bending your horse away from whatever demons he sees and keeping him moving is generally the best way to get past a horse-eating tree or leaf or whatever he perceives as a threat. Some more curious horses may do well with being led up to it to explore, but if your horse is truly afraid this approach could lead to the famous rear-spin-bolt move.

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