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post #11 of 13 Old 07-23-2017, 01:19 PM
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BSMS - it is not a shadow as such but the fact that a person is above them. They have peripheral vision and horses are not use to it. Small ponies rarely take any notice as they are towered over most of the time.

I doubt it was a shadow on the ground that made the horse explode, they are well use to seeing their own shadow all their lives but something else.
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No, it was our combined shadow. Not me above her or behind her head. She was used to that. She was already green broke. She had been ridden a number of times. At noon, without any shadow.

She knew what HER shadow looked like, but not OURS. Yet every time she spun to face the threat, the shadow of my body hit her neck, so the shadow went back to what she had always seen. Then we would turn sideways, and the shadow changed to our combined shadow.

There was no doubt about what she was looking at.

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Thanks for all your advice! I do appreciate all the information. Think I will try the feed bag filled with hay. He is a pretty passive horse. He has had a saddle on him and didn't buck or kick at all. It got hot before I could start anything else but I know cool weather is coming.
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