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Q: Where is a horse’s blind spot?

Asked by Liza de Beer

A: Horses have nearly 360-degree vision, with their only blind spots being directly in front of them and behind them. People are therefore generally encouraged to approach a horse from the side. It is also important not to directly touch a horse between his eyes because he may not see you coming, and can get a fright. Rather start by touching a horse’s muzzle area, so that he can see your hand approach, and then move your hand to rub him between his eyes. Similarly, you should never approach a horse directly from behind.