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Re: [RC] [RC] Horse Eyesight - Laurie Durgin

LOL I bought a mini donkey about 4 months ago. Rascal wouldn't come near, neck arched , snorting, till I got between him and the donkey and said,'it's ok, come on"- gave me his "are you sure, can I trust you ",look and approached slowly, stretching his neck as far as he could while keeping his feet planted. Course my 3 yr old half arab, just trots up and gets aquainted, no big deal-- my mare of course she keep a good 100 ft. for a while. But then we brought our older tb home, he didn't give it a second look.. guess they had donkeys at the races, when he was younger....

From: "Barbara McCrary" <bigcreekranch@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Ranelle Rubin" <RanelleR@xxxxxxx>, "'Dyane Smith'" <sunibey@xxxxxxxxxxx>, <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC] Horse Eyesight
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 19:44:02 -0800

MessageAnother thing that seems to alarm some horses is burros (donkeys). Don't ask me why, but I've seen horses absolutely freak out over them.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Ranelle Rubin
  To: 'Dyane Smith' ; ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 1:55 PM
  Subject: RE: [RC] Horse Eyesight

That is the same reaction we get when we take the horses into the back country..two things that seem to take time to adjust to..hikers with huge backpacks, and mtn bikers who carry their bikes overhead through the creeks...

Monsters to be sure!


What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of mind, for the moment realizes itself.

Anna Jameson

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From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dyane Smith
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 1:41 PM
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] Horse Eyesight

      On Monday, January 17, 2005 12:50 PM, Nancy Mitts wrote:
      Subject: RE: [RC] [RC] Being the herd leader

We had a broodmare that was next to impossible to catch, and wore a halter for quite a long time. (PLEASE, no halter horror stories--i know the risks.)
When the time came it was no longer necessary, we took it off. The horses who had never seen her without it snorted and blew and pranced around, even her own baby. It was funny watching them get "aquainted" all over again. The mare's sister, who had seen her without it in the past, did a double take, but figured it out quickly.
I would love to really read a horses mind without imposing our human "take" on things.

Okay, I'm inspired to tell my horse reaction story:

I was riding with some friends on the trail around the golf course in Griffith Park one afternoon. We met up with a group of boy scouts all trotting along with their arms over each others' shoulders in rows some five or six across. My horse stopped, snorted and kept moving his head up and down, trying to focus on what that odd monster could be. I asked the boys to please stop and wait until the horses passed because they were afraid. The boys then broke ranks and all went running, jumping and generally whooping it up in all directions. My horse instantly relaxed, as if he were saying to himself, "Oh, boys."

As Nancy said, it would be so fun to know what they're thinking.

Dyane Smith

N. N. CA


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Re: [RC] Horse Eyesight, Barbara McCrary