An interesting article over at Horse Collaborative got me thinking about how our horses view the world. I have always wondered why horses don’t like certain jumps, or specifically, certain colors.
As long as I can remember I have always wondered if horses actually see in color, or see in black and white, or in some other scale of color completely. Despite wondering about this, I never actually took the time to look into and research it until I read the article on Horse Collaborative.
I have learned that in fact, horses do see color but do not view color as distinctly as we do. To some extent, horses have a degree of color blindness, and it is easier for them to view shades of blue than shades of red. This is why some horses may have more trouble viewing a red jump than a blue jump.
It is always good to take a step back and try to walk in our horse’s horseshoes, and see the world as they do. This is a good reminder for me that my horse does not see the world as I do, and some things that don’t look suspicious or scary to me may look completely different to him.