Bunny asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 decade ago

Question about horses' behaviour...?

Why don't the horses trample the people lied down on the ground??

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    Horses are a prey animal. They have two choices, fight, or flight.

    Horses almost always choose to flee danger. It is instinc within horses to not step on something which might damage their legs.

    I have 9 horses. I want very brave horses, like police horses. So I spend all kinds of time training my horses to do things they would not naturally do. Almost all of it involves stepping on, or over something they view as scary.

    There's a famous horse photographer (who's name escapes me at the moment). He was taking pictures of wild horses. He climbed up a tree, to get some of the pictures, but left his cammera bag, and very expensive lenses on the ground. The herd stampeded directly over the path which he had left his cammera bag laying. He climbed down from the tree, very sad, expecting to find a bunch of broken bits.

    Even though the herd had run directly over his bag, it was entirely untouched. Horses are very careful where they put their feet and legs.

    ~Garnet

    Homesteading/Farming over 20 years

    Horse owner over 30 years.

    Source(s): Me, Myself & I
  • 3 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    People are squishy and horses don't like to step where it's squishy.

    Most horses will try not to step on something unusual lying on the ground, and they are careful where they put their feet unless they are running in a herd or in a panic. Mares are naturally careful where they put their feet when they have a foal taking a nap near them.

    I've personally been run over by a horse on two occasions and both times I wasn't stepped on even though they went right over top of me.

  • SC
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    If your question is why, if a person is on the ground and a horse runs over them, they rarely get stepped on is that a horse is very careful about where they step. A mis step by a horse can break a leg which, in the wild, would mean the animal would die. Horses instinctively know that they should be careful where they place their feet so seeing an object on the ground (especially one that is unusual such as a person laying on the ground) the horse will attempt to avoid it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There's no reason for them to. The only time people get trampled is by accident, if the horse doesn't realize they are there or is panicked. Horses don't actually attack people unless they are backed into a corner and can't run away. I wouldn't want to trample people either, though, it would get messy.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Why would they want to?

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