Pay Attention on the Trail Blog Archive on April 10, 2009, 9:00

by Rebecca Shyly, age 13

Horses have a better sense of sight, and hearing than we do. When you’re on the trail it is important to watch the trail, and look out for danger. But it’s also important to pay attention to your horse, because they might notice danger long before you do.

Horses are prey animals. This makes them very alert to predators. Signs that they sense danger are usually: flicking ears and swishing tail irritatedly, skittishness, nickering, or kicking out at something. When your horse begins showing these signs, look around. Listen. If you don’t