There’s an old adage that says, “Horses are scared of two things: things that move, and things that don’t.” While some horses are slightly less spooky than others, this phrase probably describes the majority of the equine population at one time or another.

Take Dorado, my fairly level-headed eventer, for example. In reality, he doesn’t spook at much. He raced for four years, and is quite well-travelled (having journeyed up and down the East coast last year), so not much fazes him anymore. And still, despite the fact that he quite happily jumps over whatever is in front of him, he firmly believes that the very same jumps are plotting to eat him if he has to walk by them. And when a deer happens to rustle in the woods as we jog by, naturally, he thinks that it might be–well, is more than likely–out to get him too.

Kangaroo

It’s this reaction in horses that forced racing officials in Australia to cancel most of the Jan. 26 racecard at the Hanging Rock Racing Club near Woodend, according to this report from ABC Central Victoria. Citing safety reasons, racing officials called off a total of seven races (including the Hanging Rock Cup–the main event of the day) when several kangaroos invaded the racetrack and refused to leave.

Apparently, the ‘roos were spotted by several jockeys in an early race loiteri