do the eyes tell all?

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    08-15-2008, 02:02 AM
do the eyes tell all?

My sister is looking for a horse to buy. Almost everyone we have sought advice from said look for a horse with soft brown eyes. It is rumored (in this area anyway) that a horse with different colored eyes or a horse with the whites of his eyes showing is crazy or a problem horse. Can you tell all by a horses eyes? I have a tendency to think no..but youd be suprised at the reputable horse people in our area who have said that.
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    08-15-2008, 03:18 AM
I have heard the same thing for years but I havn't noticed a difference in the horse's eyes and their trainability, it's all the same too me. However; I prefer the look of a kind soft eye of any color, it just makes the horse look more willing and loving as opposed to a "hard eye".
    08-15-2008, 12:41 PM
Just like people the spirit of an animal shows in its eyes-look at a bunch of horse face pictures and you will soon be able to tell a kind eye from a not so good eye-i think eye color has nothing to do with it.
    08-15-2008, 01:45 PM
I think my boy has a kind eye and he shows the whites (of course he is an appy).

    08-15-2008, 01:57 PM
I wouldnt go so far as to say the color of the eye matters (my horse has blue eyes so I am biased haha) but I think the shape of the eye does. You can usually tell a horses disposition just by looking at the shape of the eye. But also remember not to stare intensely at the horses eye because in the wild that would be what a preditor would do or another horse to chase it off, so it may become scared if you stare at them.
    08-15-2008, 02:22 PM
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I agree. It's in the eye, but it's the softness of the eye. 2 of mine have the whites that show in their eyes. I think when they say you don't want to see the whites, it's when the horse is so nervous he's got his eyes all wide and fiery and you can see the whites becuase of the fear or the attitude, not from when they are just colored or shaped that way.....
    08-15-2008, 02:45 PM
It can be the eye, but I wouldn't say every horse with a soft eye could be timid & what not. ;)
    08-15-2008, 02:58 PM
Thanks for all the informative posts! I hesitated to even ask that because I thought you might all think I was looney lol. Im not real sure id recognize those hard im going to check out some horse picks and see if I can tell soft from hard eyes. Thanks again everyone!
    08-15-2008, 03:14 PM
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I have got to get my home computer running right so I can really play with my pix! Here's some kind eyes... although, they aren't very close up...

    08-15-2008, 04:04 PM
My boy has a half blue eye and is isn't much trouble,lol. I don't really know though but here is his 'kind eye':

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