The horse considers it "strange" or "abnormal" to come to a halt in the midst of the woods because his owner never does. We know this since the speaker mentions his "little" horse stopping near farmhouses. The horse may also be used to pausing at the lake for a drink. Since its master always carries water with him, the horse doesn't expect to find any here.
Also, horses are very sensitive to sounds. They will usually stop if they hear anything unusual - such as voices or guns. If you are out riding and start hearing things, stop immediately and make sure nobody is coming!
If you continue riding past these noises, then both you and your horse could get hurt.
Finally, the woods are a dangerous place for horses because there are many animals living there who would like to eat them. So even if your horse is not afraid of the woods itself, it might still have a bad experience if it comes across a wild animal while you're out riding side-by-side.
Horses are very intelligent animals that want to please their owners. If you take care of them, give them good food and exercise, they will love you and do everything you ask of them.
However, if you abuse them or leave them alone for too long, they will eventually run away from you.
The horse thinks it's weird to halt in the woods on a snowy evening in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," because they typically stop near a farmhouse. When asked why he is stopping, Robert Frost replies that it is because "I heard a woodpecker pecking." Horses cannot talk but they do have feelings and they know when they are doing something wrong.
If you ask any horse owner or rider, they will tell you that horses are very sensitive animals who know when they are being treated badly or wrongly. They also know how to get away from bad situations or people. That's why whenever you want your horse to behave properly, you should always treat him with love and respect instead of anger and fear.
Horses have very good senses so they can easily sense danger or conflict around them. If a horse feels uncomfortable or threatened, he will usually try to escape or avoid the situation. Sometimes, though, this isn't enough; for example, if a horse is being bullied by another animal or person, he might need you to intervene to make him feel safer.
When you ride a horse, you need to remember this fact about him and use it to your advantage. Never force a horse to do something he doesn't want to do because you will only make him feel uneasy and unsafe.
"Take a few paces with the horse following after you, then come to a halt," Amy adds. If the horse does not follow, apply gentle pressure to the rope until he does, or if he creeps up behind you, nearly collides with you, or attempts to move past you, reverse him several paces and ask him to remain calmly for a minute. He will soon understand that you are not trying to scare him or hurt him.
This exercise is useful when you want your horse to stand quietly while you take pictures or make videos. You can also use it as a warning signal: "Stay!" Then give your horse some food or water and tell him to calm down. The message is clear: Don't run away!
Don't worry, this isn't going to happen every time you walk away from your horse. But by practicing these exercises regularly, you will help your horse become more comfortable around people and reduce any fear he may have of them.