Horse Podcast Ep 191: Horse Vision – Through the Horses Eyes

Horse Vision, the myths debunked.  Horses have the largest eye of any land mammal, but that doesn’t mean they have the best eyesight. Today’s podcast EQA # 191 takes us on a journey into how horse vision really works. How they can almost see 360 degrees and how a slight turn of their head they can see that blind spot. Be careful when you are going behind them as they have very good accuracy when it comes to kicking in the blind zone. We learn how Binocular and monocular vision works and how horses see in the dark.  

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Horse Vison

Can horses see in the dark? Are they colour blind? So many questions when it comes to horse vision. The answer to the can they see in the dark is yes. A horse eyeball have more structure to pick up light hence better night vision. Horses do see color just not a vividly as we do,this is due to the fact that they only see two of the three wavelength in the light spectrum. Horses don’t see the colour red but can see blues and greens. However they can smell a red apple from a long distance away.

Horse Vision – 360 degrees

Horses have the largest eyeball of all land mammals. One would think that they can see 360 degrees however this is not the case. Horses have 2 blind spots directly on front of them and directly behind them. That is why it is so important when you are walking behind a horse that you always let them know you are there. A little pat on the bum or running your hand across them as you go by will prevent a startle.

Host today:

Heather (Canada)

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  • Blind Spots
  • Monocular and Binocular
  • Color of the eyes
  • How horses see

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