Experiments with the Robe.
If you want to satisfy yourself of this characteristic of the
horse, and learn something of importance concerning the pecu-
liaritles of his nature, etc., turn him into the barn-yard, or a
large stable will do, and then gather up something ttoit vou
know will frighten him; a red blanket, buffalo robe, or some-
thing of that kind. Hold it up so that he can see it, he will
stick up his head and snort. Then throw it down somewhere
in the center of the lot or barn, and walk off to one side.
Watch his motions, and study his nature. If he is frightened
at the object, he vwill not rest until he has tonched it with his
nose You will see him begin to walk around the robe and
snort, all the time getting a little closer, as if drawn up by some
magic spell, until he finally gets within reach of it. He will
then very cautiously stretch out his neck as far as he can reach,
merely touching it, with his nose, as though he thought it was
ready to fly at him. But after he has repeated these touches a
few times, for the first (though he has been looking at it all the
time) he seems to have an idea what it is. But nowv he has
found, by the sense of feeling, that it is nothing that will do
him any harm, and he is ready to plovir with it. And if you
watch him closely, you will see him take hold of it with his
teeth, and raise it up and pull at it. And in a few minutes you
can see that he has not that same wild look about his eye, but
stands like a horse biting at some familiar stump.
Yet the horse is never well satisfied when he is about any
thing that has frightened him, as when he is standing with his
nose to i. And, in nine cases out of ten, you will see some of
that same wild look about him again, as he turns to walk fr 'm
it. And you will, probably, see him looking back very suslpi-
ciously as he walks away, as though he thought it might come
alter him yet. And, in all probability, he will have to go back
and make another examination before he is satisfied. But tie
will familiarize himself with it, and, it he should run in that lot
a tew days, the robe that frightened him so much at first, will
be no mnore to him than a familiar stump.
Suppositions on the Sense of Smelling.
We might very naturally suppose, frrn the fact. of the hor3e's
applying his nose to every thingt new to him, that he alwavs does
so for the purpose or smnelling, these objects. But I beliuve that
it is as much or more for the purpos4e of- feelint ; a; l that hle
makes use of his rnose or muzzle. (as it is soenetimes callud,) as
we woi;l of our hands; be .ause it is the only organ byv xvi h
he aln touch or feel anything with much susceptibility.