Lago’s Companion Mirror

Lago's horse companion Mirror

A companion mirror, also known as equine mirror or horse mirrors, can be beneficial for horses in several ways:

  1. Visual Stimulation: Horses are naturally curious and social animals. Mirrors provide them with visual stimulation by reflecting their own image, which can be intriguing and interesting for them. The presence of a companion mirror can help alleviate boredom and prevent stereotypic behaviors such as cribbing or weaving.

  2. Mimicking Social Interaction: Horses are herd animals and rely on social interaction for their well-being. In situations where horses are kept individually or have limited turnout with other horses, a companion mirror can help simulate the presence of a herd mate. The reflection in the mirror can give the horse a sense of companionship and reduce feelings of loneliness or anxiety.

  3. Behavioral Benefits: Companion mirrors can have a calming effect on horses. When a horse sees its reflection, it may exhibit behaviors such as grooming or playfulness, as if interacting with another horse. This can help reduce stress levels and promote a more relaxed and contented state of mind.

  4. Training Aid: Mirrors can be useful tools in horse training. Horses can observe their movements and posture while performing certain tasks or exercises. This visual feedback can help them develop self-awareness and improve their proprioception, which is the sense of the body’s position and movement in space.

  5. Building Confidence: For young or inexperienced horses, mirrors can aid in building confidence. Seeing their reflection can help them become more comfortable with their own appearance and movements, reducing anxiety and increasing their self-assurance.

It’s important to note that companion mirrors should be used appropriately and in moderation. They should not be the sole source of social interaction for horses, as nothing can replace the benefits of actual equine companionship. Providing regular turnout with other horses and access to pasture or paddock is crucial for their overall well-being.

Lago's companion mirror

“Hello Linda,
A photo of Lago admiring himself in his new companion mirror.
It has defiantly helped him.
He is much calmer when travelling, arrived at destination not sweating & not stressed.”