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    Question Breeding with Bigger eyes in mind?

    So do horses with bigger overall eyes and a more protruding eye have a larger / better field of vishion than a horse with smaller ( not saying abnormally small or "pig" eyes though very undesirable) eyes that are more flush with the rest of the head. The advantage being that the horse with the bigger eye would see better and thus be less likely to spook at visual stimulous. I am not saying that eye size is the cause of spooking just that it could be a contributing factor as we know their are no rules just trends. I think this is an interesting concept and wonder if any of you have taken this into consideration when selecting a stallion for your mares. If so what stallions would you recomend to improve this caracteristic in your foals?
    So what stallions put big beautiful eyes and pretty heads on their foals?
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    I didn't really think about that when I was breeding but I did get a big eyed filly! The filly is by Cardento out of a Goodtimes x Candy boy mare. Here are some pictures that you can see her eyes in, they are bigger in person!

    Filly
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater
    Filly with her dam
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater

    These photos should work, as you can see, the mare also has a lovely head and eyes, but Cardento also has lovely eyes!



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    I know plenty of horses with smaller eyes that aren't spooky at all. Horses don't spook because they can't see something. They spook because of their temperament/training. That being said I do like a bigger eye myself.


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    I agree with the above poster. I don't think I've ever noticed a correlation between eye size/placement and spookiness.
    Pablito gave us a filly with a big eyes and gorgeous head that at her inspection, the inspector even commented that her head is "as good as it gets"
    Though her dam contributed to the head too...all of the foals she has given us have had beautiful heads.

    Pablito filly:
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.ph...type=3&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.ph...type=3&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.ph...type=3&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.ph...type=3&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.ph...type=3&theater

    Her dam:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

    Siblings:
    By Freestyle: https://www.facebook.com/pages/North...type=3&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/North...type=3&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...type=3&theater
    By Rosenthal: https://www.facebook.com/pages/North...type=3&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/North...type=3&theater
    By Don Alfredo: https://www.facebook.com/pages/North...type=3&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/North...type=3&theater
    Last edited by NorthHillFarm; Jan. 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM. Reason: wrong link


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    I used to manage a particular mare with huge, expressive eyes and passed them onto her foals. She herself was "quirky" and a bit spooky, however her foals were intelligent and much more level-headed than she was. I think the sires had something to do with that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ewells View Post
    So what stallions put big beautiful eyes and pretty heads on their foals?
    Ha, this is similar to my post about stallions with big eyes, big feet, big hearts. I am curious to see the answers to your post.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ewells View Post
    So do horses with bigger overall eyes and a more protruding eye have a larger / better field of vishion than a horse with smaller ( not saying abnormally small or "pig" eyes though very undesirable) eyes that are more flush with the rest of the head. The advantage being that the horse with the bigger eye would see better and thus be less likely to spook at visual stimulous. I am not saying that eye size is the cause of spooking just that it could be a contributing factor as we know their are no rules just trends. I think this is an interesting concept and wonder if any of you have taken this into consideration when selecting a stallion for your mares. If so what stallions would you recomend to improve this caracteristic in your foals?
    So what stallions put big beautiful eyes and pretty heads on their foals?
    There are two assumptions going on here. 1) Horses with bigger eyes see better; 2) Seeing better means spooking less. I'm not sure that either of those are true. Historically, larger eyes are perpetuated and exaggerated in domestic animals because we are drawn to things that look cute. And big eyes = cute.
    Disclaimer: My mom told me that people might look at my name and think I had an addiction other than horses. I don't; his name was Bravado.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BravAddict View Post
    There are two assumptions going on here. 1) Horses with bigger eyes see better; 2) Seeing better means spooking less. I'm not sure that either of those are true. Historically, larger eyes are perpetuated and exaggerated in domestic animals because we are drawn to things that look cute. And big eyes = cute.
    I agree that domestic animals tend to have larger eyes as they meet the cute factor I have seen this concept on some nature program and it makes sense. I dont know if either assumption is true but it does make me think.

    Stallions I was thinking that put big eyes/pretty heads:
    Rotspon

    what about Belissimo M?
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    Belissimo M is making some very beautiful babies! Saw 2 exquisite fillies this year at the inspections, they were absolutely gorgeous with very expressive gaits.

    This is an interesting thread, I breed with the goal of producing beautiful athletic babies.
    Love my Escudo II filly, Chanel
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater

    And this is my '12 Landkonig colt, Landiniar
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater



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    I know a Hanoverian gelding whose eyes are almost sunken into his head. They are a little small but not unusually so. He is THE spookiest animal I've ever met. Goes around like he can barely see where his feet are. Jumps the same jump 10 times and peeks at it every time.
    Von Hendrix aka Jimi



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