The Scarey Spot -- was covered in SNOW!!

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        11-27-2008, 09:59 PM
    The Scarey Spot -- was covered in SNOW!!

    OK, I took Jade out again yesterday and it's not The Scarey Spot per se, I think it's the fact that there were things around that were covered with snow! Oooooooh terrifying! Lots of scarey white and coloured things!

    I guess I just figured that since she's learned about snow now in the paddock, it wouldn't be an issue. But it seems to be. *Everything* looks different now, don't ya know!
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        11-27-2008, 10:04 PM
    Well, one reason that is, horses don't see color, the see shades of white, gray, black. So when she saw the snow, it was probably quite blinding... imagine your in a dark room, your eyes are adjusted to the darkness, you then go out in to the daylight, quite blinding, when you think about, hmm?
        11-28-2008, 02:25 PM
    Her whole world got changed over night if you will. I think its cute. My mare snorts at anything and everything...she does not set back (freak out and pull) or spook...just snorts..its funny...
        11-28-2008, 04:43 PM
    Originally Posted by Jacksonlover    
    well, one reason that is, horses don't see color, the see shades of white, gray, black. So when she saw the snow, it was probably quite blinding... imagine your in a dark room, your eyes are adjusted to the darkness, you then go out in to the daylight, quite blinding, when you think about, hmm?
    Not true, see the following. These test have also been written about in Equus.

    To learn how horses saw various colours, the research team had to find a way to test how horses could tell the difference between actual colours rather than them just picking a colour that appeared bright–for example, red looks bright while blue looks dark. To do this, they asked the horse to select a colour on a grey background that they could vary from light to dark. They discovered horses could always pick out red and blue regardless of what the background was like. However, horses would only reliably select yellow and green when these were brighter than the background. If the brightness of the colours was equal to the grey background, some horses couldn't pick these colours as easily. A few could tell the difference between green and yellow while others could not, so the results for these were mixed.

    Given this information, maybe where some horses are concerned that old saying should be amended to, "the grass is always a wishy-washy greenish-grey on the other side of the fence"! Stallions in the wild have often been observed to prefer mares of a particular colour and it's thought this is probably related to their mother's coat colour. Knowing how a horse views his world makes a big difference when it comes to handling. And given how well horses usually perform when we are restricting their vision by riding 'on the bit' should instill a responsibility to 'steer' thoughtfully.
        11-28-2008, 05:55 PM
    The barn I used to board at was doing some renos. There were a bunch of pieces of plastic laying on the ground. George and I had walked past them a dozen times without him even batting an eye. Next day I'm cooling him out under saddle and BAM he had a Georgie spook, which isn't much but it just goes to show how they think.
        11-28-2008, 09:47 PM
    Jacksonlover -- I don't think it has anything to do with brightness -- Jade lives 24/7 in and out as she pleases. She is never stalled, but snow in different scenarios could well be new to her because she came from the trotter track.

    Painted Ride -- I think you are closer to the truth and I missed it. Because Jade had been in the snow in the paddock it never dawned on me it might be an issue OUTSIDE the paddock. But I guess there are more and different things out in the yard.

    I'm hoping I'll have time to go out again tomorrow AM with her -- even just with the halter. Man, I've never seen so much snow in November here! We have a foot at least!

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