Conventional wisdom, folklore, and many cat lovers tell us that cats are curious by nature.

The saying, “curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back,” seems to permanently live in the hard drive of my mind, along with, oh a million or so other useless quotes, bits of information and stuff.

 But I think horses have cats beat when it comes to curiosity.

Hands down.

One of the subtle gifts of spending time every day with my horses and the others that live at this particular boarding facility is getting to know them.

Really getting to know them.

I’ve traveled deep into this small world and become quite familiar with many of the inhabitants.

So yesterday I was feeding my two old sweeties and handing out snacks to the rest of the Herd of Oldsters when I noticed the horses in the adjacent turnout area.

One minute they were hanging out with each other, talking, telling jokes, giving stock tips and whatever else adult horses do when they’re together.

The next minute, almost in unison they perked up their ears and gave rapt attention to something happening on the road beside them.

They totally stopped what they were doing and stood facing this new thing.

I think they may have even been holding their breath.

They became statues.

Careful, cautious, ever vigilant.

It’s how horses survived in the wild.

The danger wasn’t quite so real here in civilization, but their programming hasn’t caught up.

These horses were alert. Waiting to see if they needed to run like the wind.

What danger had captured their attention?

Two girls had hitched a white horse to a driving cart and were making their way around the grounds.

They were being quiet.

Minding their own business and having fun.

It was a beautiful spring day – perfect for a drive if you’re into that sort of thing.

The horses in the paddock, however, were not so sure.

They followed the cart’s progress with ears perked and movement as choreographed as the Dallas Cheerleaders.

When you’re a prey animal, I guess you can’t take any chances.

And when you’re bored, any entertainment fills the bill.

So what say you?

Who’s more curious – horses or cats? Or do you have another animal to add to the mix?