Biasini Speaks: Can You See What I See?

Hello Dear Humans, I don’t think my human, Ma Leueen, has told you about the show we were at last weekend.  She’s been pretty busy with her offspring visiting. Humans call them children even when they are completely grown up. Anyway, this female human is called her “daughter” and she has an offspring of her own, a little colt who is a couple of years old.  They come out to see me of course and I am very gentle and well behaved with the little humans.

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Now, back to the show. There is something important that came up at the show that I need to tell you about.   The weather here has been pretty bad with a lot of rain. So, the humans decided that it was safest to have the show in the indoor arena. But they had the warm up in the outdoor. Well, in the afternoon when we were warming up it was bright sunshine.  I’m fine with that. I know you humans squish your eyes almost closed and wear those dark things on your eyes in bright sunlight but we horses are fine with that.

However……

From the bright warm up we went into the indoor arena. The dark indoor arena. The ground in this arena is made from something very dark, almost black and there is not much light that comes from outside. So, it is DARK!  What you humans may not know is that your eyes can adjust to this difference in a matter of seconds. But for we horses it is different. For us it can take minutes, many minutes.  I knew this and did my best when we went in but it was not easy and they had put something different at the end of the arena. At first, I did not see it clearly  but I was nervous.  But since Ma Leueen asked me to keep on going I did. I got over it.  And after my eyes had adjusted I could see it was the judges stand and table and a blue shiny cloth draped in front of it. That has not been in the arena when we had gone in there the day before. But no matter I just got on with our test.

So, Dear Humans, I would like to remind you of something. Millennia ago you were living in caves and going from the dark cave to the bright outside and then back into the dark cave. Your eyes evolved to be able to make that transition quickly. We horses lived outside in the light all the time. We did not go into caves or other dark and dangerous places and so our eyes did not evolve to be able to make quick changes. So, going into a dark arena or a dark stable we have difficulty adjusting and being able to see for several minutes.

We horses are superior to humans in many ways but not in the ability of our eyes to adjust from light to dark. If you could just keep that in mind we would very much appreciate it.

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. storyspiller says:

    This is a wonderful way to write a post and share a message! I love the style and I do agree that horses should be made more aware of when we ride them. But, I didn’t know that horses were affected by the darkness. Thank you for sharing this Biasani. It’s always nice to hear a horse’s opinion.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Biasini replies:” you are welcome. I try to let humans know some things that we horses know but human may not.”

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  2. Avery says:

    Aw good boy B! Look to your mom when you are unsure!

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  3. I love horses and for me your website is heaven! I learnt loads from just one post! Your horse and grandson are both so cute and beautiful! Lucky you!

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  4. Jen says:

    I didn’t know that and honestly,it’s something that I’ve never even given much thought to!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well Jen Biasini thinks it is his job to keep us informed! Lol

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  5. Thank you so much for the reminder Biasini!!

    And what a beautiful human extended family! 😗

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Biasini replies: thank you MA Elinor. Ma Leueen tells me you and ‘the gray mare’ are showing tomorrow. All the best to you both.”.

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      1. 😍🤗 we survived better than expected!😁

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  6. Tina Schell says:

    That’s really interesting – I had no idea! My granddaughter is becoming quite the horsewoman and it’s been wonderful watching her relationship with her horse grow. Biasini is a real beauty!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and yes Biasini is a beautiful horse and he has a sense of humor as well!

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  7. nathaswami says:

    A fact we take time to understand !

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes. Thanks for your comment.

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  8. Now you have me intrigued. This may sound like a stupid question, in movies I sometimes see horses with their eyes covered. How could they see or know where to go?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Race horses and carriage horse often wear blinkers. This restricts their vision so they cannot see to the sides. They have almost 360 degree vision and so the blinkers keep these horses focused on what it ahead of them and they will not be distractd by something to the side. I am guessing that is what you mean. If a horse is completely blindfolded it can be to keep the horse calm and sometimes this can be done to lead a horse somewhere it is nervous of going but this is pretty rare and certainly not something that is done routinely. It is not something I have ever done or has aver been done by any handlers or trainers I have known.

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  9. I enjoy all of your posts but Biasini Speaks are my favorites. Thank you Biasini for the wonderful post 😉

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Biasini replies: ” so happy to hear you enjoy my blog posts. Ma Leueen tells me you are on a long trip. So safe travels and happy trails to you.”

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      1. Thank you Biasini 😊 😉

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  10. LoL.. Biasini. I love the way you mentioned the facts that once human was living in the cave… That’s why we got adapted to the darkness quicker 😄

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Biasini replies: Yes, we horses have our ancestry memories clearly held in our minds but it seems humans have forgotten a great deal. However I appreciate your comment Nurul human! Thank you.

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  11. Biasini this is so great that you shared this with us humans. We knew there was something about the eyes from our rides and how at times you would get spooked. Now we understand that your eyes need time to adjust. Thank you.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Biasini replies: you are welcome. Glad I could help explain it to you.

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      1. Amazing creatures that can teach us so much.

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  12. Your grandson is so adorable 😍

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    1. anne leueen says:

      He is very cute, he is a two year old and has some moments when he feels he needs to protest but he loves to see the horses.

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