EQUUS - - Handson -

Q: The vo­cab­u­lary of equine anatomy isn’t al­ways log­i­cal or pre­cise. In fact, some older terms are head-scratch­ers. For in­stance, what part of your horse used to be com­monly re­ferred to as “night eyes”?

a. the hol­low de­pres­sion above each eye

b. his heels

c. his wolf teeth

d. his chest­nuts

d. his chest­nuts. For rea­sons that are lost to the mists of time, th­ese horny growths on the in­side of each leg are some­times re­ferred to as “night eyes.” They are thought to be the ves­tiges of long-gone dig­its.

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