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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.