Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
My first horse's mother had a blue eye, and she was a purebred Arabian. She also had a belly spot, long white stockings, and a huge blaze.
My gelding out of her was also purebred, as she had been bred to an Arabian stallion. The stallion was dark bay with no markings, and Alfie inherited none of his mother's flashiness except for a small blaze. No blue eyes and no body spots.
The Arabian stallion Hi Fashion Imperial was responsible for a lot of the sabino markings and blue eyes we saw back in the day, and was Alfie's dam's sire.
When I was young and first into horses, Arabians with body spots, a lot of white, and blue eyes weren't considered show horse material. They were considered conformation faults, and you never saw a horse in the show ring with those things.
Once Khemosabi came along and took the Arabian world by storm none of those things, except blue eyes, were considered conformation faults any longer. It took blue eyes longer to be acceptable, and even today you'll find a degree of prejudice about them at the higher show levels.
I personally find blue eyes in horses to be creepy, although I know a lot of people like them.