Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Our first horse was bought unbroke. Her training, as it turned out, all took place near noon. No shadows. Once she was green broke, I started riding her. A few weeks later, I rode her a little before sunset. Very green rider on a very green horse.
She caught sight of OUR shadow and exploded. Leaped sideways, then spun to look at the shadow. But when she turned to look at it, her head and neck blocked out my body. So it looked normal.
So I turned her, she saw OUR shadow, leaped sideways, spun and...once again it looked like HER shadow.
We did that four times. Then, after she had examined what looked like HER shadow, we turned slowly sideways and she watched. And saw my shadow joining hers. She stopped. Stared. Took one step. Nothing happened. Still staring at OUR shadow, she took another step. Then a couple. About a minute later, she sighed and never had another problem with OUR shadows.
Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"