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post #11 of 20 Old 12-30-2012, 01:04 AM
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I've personally liked how some pig eyed horses looked.. dunno why. Lol.
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post #12 of 20 Old 12-30-2012, 01:07 AM
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I call it the 'beady eye'.....love it!
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post #13 of 20 Old 12-30-2012, 01:31 AM
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The only time I've heard a horse called pig eyed was an appy (sorry appy fans), because his eye appeared small and had a white ring. Person referred to the horse as a Pig Eyed Appy and said it was a breed trait. I wouldn't call the horse in this thread pig eyed based on that definition.

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post #14 of 20 Old 12-30-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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yeah the only time until now I've heard someone call him pig eyed, was from my trainer friend who said he was pig eyed and I asked what pig eyed meant and he said havent you ever seen pig eyes before, look at a pigs eyes and youll know what I mean... to be honest, I can't really even tell the difference in horses eyes for the most part, except my mare has huge eyes, I always thought steels were like just medium, or like regular with a little longer face was all.

And yes I looked at pigs eyes on pigs and I see no resemblence lmao!

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I don't think it is reasonable to attribute any personality traits to a "pig eye" any more than you can say all blue eyed people are "prettier" or brown eyed people are more "sensitive". People have large eyes, it doesn't make them any different than people with smaller eyes.

I don't think "pig eyes" are a CONFORMATION fault....they are simply a visual fault with some people. There is no deficit with small eyes, which is what constitutes a conformation fault.

I have had great horses with smaller eyes and, while I love a big soft eye, I would never dismiss a horse just for having smaller eyes.
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I don't think it is reasonable to attribute any personality traits to a "pig eye" any more than you can say all blue eyed people are "prettier" or brown eyed people are more "sensitive". People have large eyes, it doesn't make them any different than people with smaller eyes.

I don't think "pig eyes" are a CONFORMATION fault....they are simply a visual fault with some people. There is no deficit with small eyes, which is what constitutes a conformation fault.

I have had great horses with smaller eyes and, while I love a big soft eye, I would never dismiss a horse just for having smaller eyes.
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post #17 of 20 Old 12-30-2012, 12:11 PM
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Some people believe that horses with pig eyes do not have as full a field of vision as horses with larger eyes (which may be the case in extreme cases, but not likely in horses like OP's). The limited vision theoretically causes those horses to be jumpy, nervous, stubborn, or unpredictable.
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post #18 of 20 Old 12-30-2012, 12:15 PM
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I read an article in a horse magazine a long, long time ago about pig eyed horses, which by the way, those two horses posted are not that bed. It was thought to be a fault because the horse couldn't see as well & believed to spook more, and couple that will big ears, can hear more, see less, spook more. The article didn't say it was true, just that it was belief at one time.
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post #19 of 20 Old 12-30-2012, 12:34 PM
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I think small eyes would have to be freakish before they would make that big a difference in their vision, just based on anatomy of the horse's skull. But, people will believe what they will believe....and if it is in written word, it becomes gospel, IME.
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post #20 of 20 Old 12-31-2012, 06:30 PM
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I don't think that horse has small eyes. Compared to the Spainish arabians that I have been looking at and the one her all other breeds have small eyes.
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