Count The Horses In These Optical Illusions


It’s no wonder that horses, being beautiful and majestic animals, are found multiple times in the history of art. Many artist have tried to depict their graceful and dignified nature, and some have even gone so far as to create puzzling optical illusions. Look at the picture below and try to decide how many horses you can see – it’s not easy, I can tell you that! Most people take a long time before they figure out the right answer.

via Art USA/Bev Doolittle

This painting is called Pintos and was made in 1975, by the artist Bev Doolittle. The inspiration for this picture came to her when she traveled the American Southwest with her husband. The two of them happened to discover a small herd of chestnut horses, who carefully watched them from a distance, just as the couple watched the horses. The idea of watching and being watched gave Doolittle the idea for her painting, where a group of horses almost disappears into the background. Continue to the next page to see if you counted them right.

via Art USA/Bev Doolittle

It’s tricky, but you can definitely see five distinct horses. Maybe you missed number four at first, peering out between two other horses, or the tiny foal on the far right. The camouflage technique makes it easy to miss a horse. Or maybe you thought about counting the legs and then dividing the number by four – but in this case, this isn’t much help! Apart from these five “real” horses, some people think they have spotted another one in the background:

via Art USA/Bev Doolittle

Being a work of art, it is possible that this rather abstract horse head was deliberate. Who knows? If you want to try another optical illusion containing horses, go to the next page!

via Jim Warren

This painting by Jim Warren is entitled Seven Horses, even though there is clearly just one! Or is there? Take a closer look … Can you find them all? Scroll down for the solution!

via Jim Warren

Three more can be found rather quickly in the greenery on the left, the clouds and the waves. But that still makes only four …

via Jim Warren

One more horse is in the negative space between the greenery on the top right, another is upside down in the purple flowers on the right. But the seventh horse? It has already left the picture, but its hoofprints are still there. Did you figure them all out yourself? Share this post with your friends!

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