See the World Through The Eyes Of A Horse

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Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal, so this would lead us to believe they have the best vision. Their vision is unique, which improves their ability to spot a predator from a distance.

Horses have monocular (using one eye) and binocular (using two eyes) vision. Monocular vision allows the horse to see almost 360 degrees combined. When a horse is alarmed by something, he will switch to binocular vision to get a more detailed look.


How do horses see color, in the dark, motion, and depth? Horses see the world completely different from us, since they are prey animals, and we are predators. Learning how a horse views the world will make you better understand their behavior and thinking.

Can Horses See Color?

Some people think they are colorblind, but they are not. Horses can see color, just not as vivid as we see it. It is believed they can see in shades of blue, green, and gray.


To see color the retina of the eye has to have cone cells. These cone cells respond to different wavelengths of light. Humans have three types, while horses and dogs have two types. Hence why dogs and horses are believed to see the same colors.

“Stallions in the wild have often been observed to prefer mares of a particular colour and it’s thought this is probably related to their mother’s coat colour,” reported Horsewyse.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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