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This page will explain how both horse and human sight works so that you can see the differences between the two.


The horse's eyes are ideal for its existence as a grass eating animal. As it is also an animal that is preyed upon it needs the widest field of vision possible so that it can see its predators approaching from all directions.

A horse's eyes are set on the side of its head. This means that it has the ability to see all around with just a small turn of its head even when eating. The oval shape of a horse's pupil also contributes to its wide field of vision although it cannot judge distances unless the object is directly in front of it. This is an example of monocular vision, which is single eyed vision where a different picture is seen with each eye.


Humans are classed as predators and our eyes are situated in the front of our head. We do not have such a wide field of vision and have to move not only our head but body aswell to be able to see behind us.

Whereas a horse's pupils are oval, a humans are round. We look at everything with both eyes simultaneously and are able to judge distances although we can only see what is ahead of us. This is an example of binocular vision, which is two eyed vision where both eyes see the same picture.

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