Do Horses With Blue Eyes See Differently?

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.

Why do some horses have blue eyes?

The most basic and well-understood cause of blue eyes in horses is the occurrence of a double-dilute coat color caused by the creme gene. The combination of two dilute genes also affects the pigmentation of the horse’s eyes, making both irides of a double-dilute horse pale blue.

Is it rare for a horse to have blue eyes?

Blue eyes are no weaker, develop disease no more frequently, and are no more likely to stop functioning than brown eyes. Horses with two blue eyes, or one blue and one brown eye, are not at increased risk for any eye problems because of this color variation.

What horse breeds have blue eyes?

Blue eyes can appear in almost all horse breeds, though American Paints, Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, Gypsy Cobs, Miniatures and Tennessee Walking Horses are the most likely bearers. However, the lighter-toned eyes have suddenly appeared in normally brown-eyed breeds such as Arabians and Thoroughbreds.

How can I tell if my horse is losing his sight?

Vision changes can be slight or can developed into only seeing shadows or progress to total blindness. Signs of falling vision in horses can be, (and not limited to), bumping into walls or fences, signs of not wanting to move forward, or anxious or skittish behavior.

Can horses see blue?

Horses are not color blind, they have two-color, or dichromatic vision. In other words, horses naturally see the blue and green colors of the spectrum and the color variations based upon them, but cannot distinguish red.

What animals can have blue eyes?

There are blue-eyed dogs, cats, horses, goats, camels and llamas.

What does a blue eyed horse mean?

In horses, a blue colored eye is referred to as a wall eye. Horses may have two blue eyes, or one blue and one brown eye. The blue color is created by a lack of pigmentation in the iris.

Are foals born with blue eyes?

Well-Known Member. NO.all foals are NOT born with blue eyes. The foal’s who are born with bright blue eyes and carry the pinto gene, or double dilutes (such as cremello) are usually the ones who will keep blue eyes.

Can Palominos have blue eyes?

A horse with rosy-pink skin and blue eyes in adulthood is most often a cremello or a perlino, a horse carrying two cream dilution genes. The presence of the sooty gene may result in a palomino having darker hairs in the mane, tail and coat.

How do you check a horse’s eyesight?

Cover one of your horse’s eyes with a fly mask or blinder, then toss cotton balls or gauze pads into the field of vision of the other eye. Watch to see whether he follows the objects with his uncovered eye. Place a garden hose on the ground and walk your horse over it on a loose lead, then repeat with each eye covered.

Can you ride a horse with moon blindness?

Moon blindness, clinically known as Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU) is a serious condition and the leading cause of blindness in horses. There is no single cure for moon blindness, but with careful monitoring and vet treatment, it can be managed.

Do horses have good eyesight?

Like many prey species, horses’ eyes are located on the side of their head so they have a wide range of vision — they can see nearly 360 degrees, and have blind spots only immediately in front and immediately behind their bodies. Horses can do a lot with their eyes.