Fortunate Eyesight

Eye of a Horse (Andalusian)

Horse’s eyes are very complex.  Although they have a wider field of vision than humans do, horses cannot see very much detail and have a hard time seeing depth and sensing how far an object is from their bodies.  Consequently horses also have many blind spots in which they cannot see at all.  Directly behind and in front of a horse are the biggest blind spots. Which is why you should never walk up behind a horse unless you want to get kicked and why a horse might lift it’s head when you try to pet it’s muzzle.  The horse does not want to get away from you, on the contrary it just wants to see you better!  Most blind spots are determined by the shape of the Horse’s head.  Horses with broad heads decrease the blind spot directly in front while a horse with a thinner head decreases the blind spots on either side.  A horse’s eyes are very sensitive to movement which is why they get spooked so easily.  This is because in the wild, horses have to be on guard all the time for mountain lions, bears, and wolves.  Concerning horses and guarding, a horse’s night vision is superb.  This is so that the horse can see any predators trying to sneak up on them at all times.  Considering color, scientists have not proven whether horses see color or not, but most believe that horses see a few shades of green and/or blue.  Horses may have great night vision and movement detection, but all the blind spots and lack of depth perception really makes me feel fortunate to have human eyesight.

9 thoughts on “Fortunate Eyesight

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  2. Luther says:

    Hi just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a
    few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking
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    • vetintrainin says:

      Sorry about that, I can not see a problem on my computer but will ask my head technician (an eleven year old neighbor boy) Nicholas take a look at it. I get most my pictures from zamanta. Are you having any issues with the video I made?

  3. Lynn Searle says:

    Excellent information and very well-written, Joline!

  4. writergirl14 says:

    Very interesting! I never thought about a lot of this, especially why they lift their heads when you pet their muzzles. Your explanation makes sense. I haven’t gone horseback riding in ages, but I still like learning new things about them.
    Good job, and keep writing! 🙂

  5. Jonathan Harris Jr. says:

    congrats on your first post! Very interesting about the horse’s eyes. It makes sense now why they won’t hold still every time I try and pet them.

  6. sewfunrita says:

    I really enjoyed the article and I learned a lot about the horses eye site. Thank you

  7. Renee Harris says:

    Joline, this is great info to know! Now I know to approach the horses down at the stables without them getting all jumpy. I’ll try it this morning.

  8. Marcee says:

    Nice article Joline, I enjoyed the little play on words at the end that tied into the title.

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