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post #1 of 6 Old 10-21-2011, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Weird Horse quirk.

I was riding one of the lesson Horses at my barn and we were trotting pretty well and he started attack the indoor arena mirror. My instructor said "Iceman is just weird and he likes attacking himself". So i have to make sure to pull him off the rail a little bit when i approach a mirror. lol

Why do you think he does this?

This is iceman
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-21-2011, 06:02 PM
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Not an unheard of quirk. He probably doesn't understand that it's himself in the mirror, but thinks it's another horse coming at him, sort of like birds do.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-21-2011, 07:13 PM
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The farm I trained at in Colorado had mirrors all over the indoors (there were two at the farm). Each one had curtains. We stood a number of stallions there and would occasionally turn them out for a gallop in the bigger indoor. The stallions, if the mirrors were not curtained, would attack them, too. It is a territorial "space" thing.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-21-2011, 08:49 PM
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That is so funny! I have never heard of anything like this before. I am trying to picture it in my head and am picturing the horse looking like a bird would if it was attacking a mirror or a cat.

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-22-2011, 05:36 AM
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I know a horse who likes to be friends with the horse in the reflection.

Also I used to have a grey called Iceman, who looks A LOT like your one
Sadly he is passed on now.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-23-2011, 08:38 AM
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AlexS has a great avatar photo of a horse admiring/sniffing his image in a mirror. I really like that photo.
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