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  1. #1
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    Default Snow glare

    A trainer told me I should put a fly mask on my gelding in the winter because he has 2 blue eyes and the snow glare would bother him. Anybody ever hear of this?



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    As far as I'm aware the color of the iris has little or nothing to do with what happens to the pupil and/or retina, which are the parts that deal with how much light is getting into the eye (pupil) and impacting the light-sensitive part of the eye (retina). Perhaps infinitessimaly less light is transmitted through the pupil of a dark eye since the dark iris might absorb a bit more than a light one (this is the theory behind football players putting dark streaks under their eyes) but I doubt it's a significant difference.

    Still it's a thoughtful idea if the horse seems sensitive or uncomfortable when out in the snow. I know I like to wear dark goggles or glasses on the rare sunny days here when there is snow on the ground!
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    Lighter eyes can sometimes have trouble knocking down the glare of light. But heck, snow blindness is a real issue for dark eyes as well.

    I don't usually have to, but on the few occasions we've had solid snow cover for more than 1-2 days and the sun shines, I do find my horses' eyes start to water, so I do put a fly mask on for the days.
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    A friend of mine has a cremello paint with 2 blue eyes along with the pink eyelids, the horse always has a flymask one whenever the sun is shining, snow or summer. Poor guy squints and his eyes water if someone forgets or the weather changes during the day.



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    Is he dark around the eyes or white?

    Can't hurt to use a mask, I know when we had our snow freeze to an icy crust and the sun came out the other day...I couldn't see jack ****. Both horses and I were blinking a lot.
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    Yes, MB, that's usually our situation - snow topped by a shiny crust, which makes the glare just a beeyatch. I can't say I've seen the same issue with snow that remained fluffy.
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