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My horse is in love with the mirror!

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  • My horse is in love with the mirror!

    So my mare finally arrived up with me in the cold and bitter north from my parent's farm in Florida. She stepped off of the truck this morning at 7 and I took her to the indoor to pull her blanket off and check her over and let her stretch her legs before having to go back into a stall.

    The first thing she did was prance straight over to the mirror on the side of the ring and start to love on it. She has never been one of those mares that seem like she is perpetually in season, but she liked what she saw in the mirror so much that she started to do her "mare ritual" for the mirror.

    This has me a little bit concerned, I think, because in a couple of days when I start to ride her I am worried that she is going to obssess over the mirror and I will be an unwilling part of a love triangle with her and her reflection!

    Has anyone else had horses that are drawn to mirrors, and if so what did you do to desensitize them? She has ridden with mirrors before which have had no allure (maybe they weren't sexy mirrors?) so I am cracking up at her response to this one!

    I am attaching a pic because she made me laugh so hard I had to share! This one is tame for the purposes of posting, but suffice it to say she got very.....persistant? before I walked up and tore her away from her love.


  • #2
    That picture is PRICELESS! Still laughing!!!!

    It must be one of those mirrors that make you look thinner than you really are.
    "Aye God, Woodrow..."


    • #3
      my stallion got banned from turnout in the indoor without someone being there with him. He, uh, kept trying to mount the mirror. He'll glance at it when riding but seems to be over it!


      • #4
        That's the funniest thing! I love watching my horse making friends with his reflection in the mirror


        • #5
          Too funny! My horse is the exact opposite. He pins his ears and makes nasty faces at the horse in the mirror....who pins his ears and makes nasy faces at my horse!


          • #6
            Originally posted by TBrescue View Post
            Too funny! My horse is the exact opposite. He pins his ears and makes nasty faces at the horse in the mirror....who pins his ears and makes nasy faces at my horse!
            Mt former horse was the same way! Every time he went by the mirror, he would pin his ears and practically snarl at his reflection!


            • #7
              LOL so cute! I have never turned my guy out in the arena with the mirror in fear he would break it. Usually the mirror has horse noses smeared all over it, so some must be loving on it.
              Owned by an Oldenburg


              • #8
                When my horse first met a mirror, he turned sideways and started snorting, arching his neck, etc. He even squealed at it!


                • #9
                  hahaha so cute..i love it when horses do silly things that make ya laugh at them...that brightened my day

                  we'll if she is in season,atleast you know it will be easy to breed her and know when she is in season(when she loves her own reflection)..lol...
                  my gelding hasn't seen arena mirrors either,i'm sometimes curious as what he would do too.


                  • #10
                    Haha Priceless picture! Definitely must be one of those "sexy" mirrors! Knew a stallion that would not only snarl and pin his ears at the horse in the mirror- but would actually attack the mirror and break it to pieces!! What would we do without our "special" horses in our lives??
                    ~Ride the horse you have today. Not yesterday, not what he should be, nor what you thought he was.


                    • #11
                      Perhaps your Princess is in heat. I think the picture is adorable.
                      Free bar.ka and tidy rabbit.


                      • #12
                        That's so cute. My guy did similar stuff. He still peeks at himself every time we go by but isn't obsessed any more.


                        • #13
                          My guy walks over to the mirror to check himself out as soon as I get on him. He stops and turns his head both ways to see if he's still looking good. Then he walks over to the next mirror, and watches himself walk by. He seems to be aware that it's him in there, and not another horse. He wouldn't get that close to another horse without trying to bite it, with a few exceptions.


                          • #14
                            My boy does that. He'll stare at the mirror, nose to nose, then move his nose to the edge and peek around, looking for the "other pony" behind the mirror. When he doesn't see the "other pony", he brings his head right back to the mirror like "THERE you are!" I know I have pictures somewhere... I'll have to dig them out.


                            • #15
                              hahaha I love this thread!!
                              Who is John Galt?


                              • #16
                                Priceless pic, I am trying to contain the laughter! Supermodel preens for her mirror and will rub on it when she's in season. She's aware it's her cause she pins her ears and grinds her teeth when other horses approach her. Scaredy WB spooks at the mirror for the first 10 or so trips past it then he starts showing off for it. Pony charges it ugly faces in all which gets really funny when he realizes the reflection isn't backing down then it's a quick spin and dash off kicking and farting. I will have to shoot some video of the horses and the mirror, each horse has a different reaction to it though the old faithful OTTB ignores it completely and always has.
                                Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
                                Originally Posted by alicen:
                                What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by horserider12 View Post
                                  my stallion got banned from turnout in the indoor without someone being there with him. He, uh, kept trying to mount the mirror. He'll glance at it when riding but seems to be over it!
                                  ummmm my "former" stallion did the same thing.
                                  Always wanted to know how the jet set live, now I own one


                                  • #18
                                    forgot to mention he's now a gelding due to the whole mirror mounting issue
                                    Always wanted to know how the jet set live, now I own one


                                    • #19
                                      Love the picture! My friend's horse used to do that when he'd see his reflection in the trailer windows! He'd squeal, snort, and prance all while staring at his reflection.


                                      • #20
                                        Adorable photo!