05-20-2014, 06:25 AM
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Many horses are uncomfortable with quick changes in light because their eyes adjust more slowly than ours do.
Our youngest mare (who is the lowest on the order and least confident) still tenses up a bit when you're riding and the strong sun is behind you so your body is casting a deep shadow directly in front of her.
Our next youngest mare doesn't have a problem with shadows, but prefers not to walk on deep black surfaces. I've ridden her for years on asphalt with no problem, but if you let her pick, she prefers to walk on the grass/dirt shoulder of the road. She'll go through water fine, but again, she'll take a good look at a puddle on black asphalt. She would also be slow to load in our trailer with black mats until we finally decided to throw some pine shavings over it, and then she would walk right in with no trouble at all.