Vision of horses

Anatomy / Pedigree
February 20th, 2020

Thoroughbred horses have incredible vision. Their eyes are the largest of any land mammal and the peripheral range is quite wide, warning them of predators. If you add the range of each eye together it covers a field of about 330 degrees. The human eyes can see around 120 degrees.

The drawback is that horses have a blind spot in front of their nose as well as behind their tail. Additionally, a horse will always see two images, and cannot merge the images together like a human. Horses move their eyes independently, allowing them to see objects in two different directions at once. 

vision photo by Ed Sindoni .jpg

Photo courtesy of Ed Sindoni