Question: Are Horses Deaf?

A deaf horse will not show any excitement in response to the sound.

I am curious about your horse’s breed.

One of the most common forms of deafness today is coat-color-associated deafness in a minority of splashed and possibly frame overos.

These horses are born deaf and exhibit a flatline response to a BAER.

How can you tell if a horse is deaf?

Reactions to sound:

One of the most common signs of deafness is a lack of reaction to sound: Perhaps your horse no longer seems to notice when you cluck at her, or he stands calmly when the truck backfires while the rest of the horses in the barn all jump. Often hearing-impaired horses become spookier than normal.

Do horses go deaf?

While deafness in horses is rare, there appears to be certain genetic predispositions that may indicate a higher risk of deafness. Deafness in horses is rare, but does happen. You may notice that your horse does not react to sudden noises and spooks easily. There may be partial or full deafness as well in your horse.

Do horses have good hearing?

Horses can hear low to very high frequency sound, in the range of 14 Hz to 25 kHz (human range = 20 Hz to 20 kHz). A horse’s hearing is similar in range and tone to that of humans. Horses’ ears can rotate about 180 degrees, however.

Are blue eyed horses deaf?

Blue irises are usually seen in horses with light-colored coats such as cremellos. Having a blue iris, however,does not make a horse any more likely to have intraocular problems, including equine recurrent uveitis. Coat color, on the other hand, can be associated with eye problems.