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post #1 of 15 Old 08-14-2020, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-14-2020, 11:01 AM
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...double-take time.

I saw a hay bale then looked, blinked twice and saw a hole..
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post #3 of 15 Old 08-14-2020, 11:23 AM
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I didn't see either the first time. I saw a weird shadow. Now I see a hay bale. Like @horselovinguy I'm currently drinking hot unspiked tea.

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post #4 of 15 Old 08-14-2020, 11:56 AM
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All our holes are round - like pie. Only cornbread are square (or rectangular if company is involved). I saw the hay bale but did look twice to see if I could mistake it for a hole. That didn't happen until I was scrolling to read replies. Coffee, no tea. No longer hot. Need to top off my cup.

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-14-2020, 12:31 PM
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You know, looking at this picture, it reminds me to be more sympathetic to my horses when they startle at things. Just looking at it, I feel like I'm getting more alert so I won't step into that "hole." How much worse would it be for me if I were a prey animal, always on alert for places where predators could be hiding? If this picture weirds ME out, how much more must a sensitive animal like a horse feel about things like this?

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post #6 of 15 Old 08-14-2020, 01:16 PM
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It just looks like a hay bale to me. BUT, there have been times I ridden in the woods and thought certain tree stumps or gnarly bits of wood looked like animals. I even thought I saw a little boy one time, another time a rocking horse! I KNOW there is not a rocking horse sitting over there, but I have to go double check or I will always wonder! The little boy was a bit creepy, because I really did think it looked like a child, but it was really just a burned tree stump. I think you get a glimpse of something out of character and then your mind fills in the details with whatever it thinks fits those characteristics. It is probably a survival instinct to keep you from getting attacked by a predator......or from falling into a hole!

It does make you sympathize with your horse because if *I* think that tree stump has an animal shape, and I am a human and supposed to know better, how can you blame the horse if he thinks it's an animal? Especially because he's a prey animal and his survival has depended on it for thousands of years.

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post #7 of 15 Old 08-14-2020, 02:57 PM
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This is the day after cataract surgery in one eye; the other one gets done in two weeks.

My knee jerk vision was a hole - until I enlarged the picture and looked at it with just my good eye - then I saw a hay bale.

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post #8 of 15 Old 08-14-2020, 03:01 PM
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I thought hole as well, then I saw the bale. It's the second time this week that I've been tricked by a picture; I think i need new glasses!

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post #9 of 15 Old 08-14-2020, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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We're teetotalers also, and those are great points about what could startle a horse. Even people have pareidolia tendencies, shapes in clouds, trees, etc.

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-15-2020, 03:37 AM
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I only saw a bale of hay until I crossed my eyes a little.
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