Bringing the horses back in from the pasture at night has helped me realize how quiet they can be. Hidden in the shadows I only see them when I am within 50 feet and can only hear them when they run. Who knew a 1000 lb animal could disappear before your eyes.
It only helps to reinforce to me what a prey animal they are. Their instinct tells them to remain hidden. It makes it more and more clear why they need to trust in us and to look for us for leadership.
And although we are a predator, we too have a strong flight reflex which I think is why so many people get out of horses so quickly after trying it. Rather than stay and 'fight', if they fear for their own safety, they will 'flight'. Ironic isn't it?