Thursday, January 20, 2011
Pie and His Reflection
When Pie first came to our barn, and I would ride him on the grassy area behind the barn, he would sometimes become a bit alarmed and excited by our reflection in the big plate glass windows on the back of the barn. I suspect he'd never seen a reflection in glass before. Now when I'm riding there, I've noticed that his eye is still often caught by the reflections, although he's no longer worried about them. I'd always thought it was just because of the sight of movement and the changing light, but recently I noticed something else. When we were standing close to one of the windows one of the last times we rode (it's been too cold to ride for a while), he was intensely interested in his own reflection in the window. He wanted to go up and investigate it, so I let him. It was pretty clear that he didn't just see movement and changing light in the reflection, he saw a horse, and wanted to find out about it. He touched noses with the horse in the window and seemed a bit perplexed that it wasn't real. I don't think he recognized that it was in fact himself, but he did pretty clearly seem to know that it was another horse. It was very interesting to observe his reactions and curiosity. Are your horses ever interested in the horse in the window?