This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. Joseph Willcox, at a recent meeting of the Delaware County Institute, noted that animals were guided by a sense of smell as well as by sight. A deer was not as much frightened at a near view of a man, as a smell of him from afar. The sense of alarm in animals was affected by the ability to resist attacks. Horned animals for instance were usually less sensible to danger than those without. Those animals which are fleet of foot run at once from real or imaginary danger. An object in a state of quietude is as likely to create alarm as one in motion, because they instinctively know that carnivorous animals crouch when in search of prey. This habit of alarm at a crouching foe is instinctive in the horse, and it should therefore, from its earliest infancy, be taught to take courage at stationary objects, and be made familiar with them as well as with locomotives and other moving objects. The spirit of investigation should be freely encouraged in young horses. It is found by observation that the horse is much less afraid of an unfamiliar object when he sees his master go first toward it.