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Featured Video: From the Horse’s Perspective

Watch how a horse’s perception of his environment differs from what the rider sees.

By Leslie Potter | July 11, 2017

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A horse’s eyesight functions a bit differently from a human’s. Because their eyes are set on the sides of their head rather than at the front of their face the way a human's are, they see a wider span than we do. While humans see everything through both eyes (binocular vision), horses have monocular vision on either side with a smaller span of binocular vision at the center. They have a bit of a blind spot right in front of their noses. The spectrum of colors that they see differs from what we see.

It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to perceive the world the way horses do, but today’s featured video gives a pretty good approximation. The video was created as a joint effort between scientists and graphic designers and shared by Haras de la Cense, a French organization dedicated to studying equine nature and educating equestrians.

From the Horse's Perspective

Understanding equine vision is one way to better understand why horses behave the way they do. For example, the video shows that horses can see better in the dark than humans can, which means when it seems like your horse is shying at a shadow, he might actually be seeing something in the underbrush that you can’t.

For best effect, watch the video full screen on your computer.

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Kevin    Wantage, NJ

4/25/2018 5:55:26 AM

WOW I'll remember this when moving fast around horses now and walking them out to the pasture!

Marion    Sussex, NJ

3/7/2018 3:51:53 AM

Always new they saw in shades of gray, put didn't know how the depth perception.

Bonnie    Warwick, NY

12/17/2017 3:51:11 AM

No wonder years ago I had a horse that wouldn't enter a horse trailer! Finally learned, but wow!

Heather    Loveland, CO

10/9/2017 3:52:38 AM

WOW explains a lot of things and why horses will spook at simple things!

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