Do horses spook at bright colors?

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    03-03-2014, 08:20 PM
Do horses spook at bright colors?

I was reading the pram thread and noticed the common thread of horses getting spooked at very pedestrian things.

I once wore an orange under armour shirt to a lesson, I havn't put two and two together but that was the lesson my horse bolted and threw me into a tree. Did my orange shirt contribute?
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    03-03-2014, 08:32 PM
Originally Posted by horsecv    
I was reading the pram thread and noticed the common thread of horses getting spooked at very pedestrian things.

I once wore an orange under armour shirt to a lesson, I havn't put two and two together but that was the lesson my horse bolted and threw me into a tree. Did my orange shirt contribute?
That's an interesting question. I am anxious to see what people say too. I don't even know if horses see color.
    03-03-2014, 08:44 PM
Ugh, I remember reading an article awhile ago about some studies done on horse eye sight. I think it was mainly about how well they see in the dark (and if I remember correctly, they see better in the dark than we do), but I think it also talked about how they see colors. I'll have to see if I can dig up the article.
    03-03-2014, 09:01 PM
My horse that for the most part doesnt spoke at anything, actually spooked when two hikers passed us. Lady passed first and he was fine, then he got a look at the man who had a bright orange undershirt on...and he did his little jumpfreezespook at him. I do believe the orange color of his shirt caused it, he's NEVER spooked from a hiker before.
    03-03-2014, 09:52 PM
I read somewhere that horses essentially see in shades of yellow/gold and blue/gray but like above I'll have to dig that article up.

Edit to add an article- I haven't read this one all the way through but it touches on the fact horses see less color then we do and has a couple of interesting photos illustrating this. The color wheel at the bottom is one I've seen before.
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    03-03-2014, 10:12 PM
The best contrasts horses see is white and red. That is why so many jumps are in those colors. Horses, up close can discern various shades of green but after 13' everything is out of focus and colors blend as they don't see sharp edges. Horses see movement very well but can't tell what it is until within that 13' range.
    03-03-2014, 10:59 PM
I didn't think they could see red at all. I thought they see red and green alike, as do many color blind people.
    03-03-2014, 11:03 PM
It's believed that they can see some colors though it's arguable which colors. Asking the horses has proven to be pointless.

I know my horse can see yellow, or something that's yellow to him, because there's one trot pole that's yellow and it always makes him step funny when he has to go over it. He does not do that with the white, red, or blue trot poles - just the yellow one.
    03-03-2014, 11:20 PM
Perhaps best to just stick with earthy colors
    03-03-2014, 11:31 PM
I use bright orange polo wraps on my horses. I have never had a horse shy away from me or snort in disgust at my color choice. LoL. I wear bright colors all the time and never have had a problem.
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