If the horse is frightened at the object, he will not rest until he has touched 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.
This scenario will go on until the horse 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 now he has found, by the sense of feeling, that it is nothing that will do him any harm, and he is ready to play with it.
And if you watch the horse 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 anything that has frightened him, as when he is standing with his nose to it. In nine cases out of ten, you will see some of that same wild look about him again, as he turns to walk from it.
You will, probably also see him looking back very suspiciously, as he walks away. All as though he thought it might come after him. And, in all probability, he will have to go back
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