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    11-13-2008, 12:38 PM
Albino horses

What is everyone's view on Albino horses? In the US, I've heard that the Albino is actually a breed, but if that's true, I think it's almost cruel, since they have such sensitive skin. Why bring them into the world if all they can know is sun-burn and skin disease? Besides, if a horse is bred only for its color, it's likely to develop some serious confirmation faults, don't you think? That's just not fair.
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    11-13-2008, 02:32 PM
I don't think albino is actually a breed but there may be a registry like for palimino and bucksin horses
    11-13-2008, 02:42 PM
Albino horses don't exist. An "albino" horse is merely a cremello, perlino, or max sabino.
    11-13-2008, 02:55 PM
My view on Albino horses?
I'd like to be the first to discover one, as currently, they do not exist.

Also, I don't think they'd be considered a breed if they DID exist as it's a pigment (color) condition...therefore they would need to be considered a color as you could have an Albino QH, and Albino Paint, an Albino TB, ect.
    11-13-2008, 03:14 PM
Originally Posted by Supermane    
Albino horses don't exist. An "albino" horse is merely a cremello, perlino, or max sabino.
I think they do exist, classified by pigment-less skin, but what type of coat is a cremello, perlino, and max sabiano?

That brings up another question...since a "gray" horse, whether dappled or flea-bitten, is classified by a white or gray coat and dark skin, would an albino be considered a true white horse?
    11-13-2008, 03:31 PM
Well I think you are talking about a Cremello or Perlino.
I had a Cremello Stallion QH he was just beautiful.
AQHA now will reg. Them both. It was once said that they were Albinos but I don't think there is such a thing.
The Cremello and perlino have pink skin and blue eyes but also have white marking. My cremello had 4 white socks and a white blaze, white mane and tail.
He was a true Cremello, DNA tested by UC Davis.
The Perlino is like a cremello but has red points, almost like a Dun.
They are both beautiful horse colors.
The Cremello and Perlino do not have any more of a heath risk for skin cancer or eye problems than does a pinto or paint horse. Usually it is the grey that has more of a problem or so I am told.
    11-13-2008, 03:40 PM
I believe all light colored horses have a chance for sunburn. I have a white appy, and every summer, we have to keep her in the shade as much as possible and keep sunscreen on her nose and around her eyes. If she gets sun burn, it turns red and puffy just like a humans sunburn. It also peels.
    11-13-2008, 07:05 PM
Green Broke
There IS a breed called the American White or American Cream.

American White & American Creme Horse Registry - Home

Generally, "White" horses with all pink skin are Max Sabinos. We had one born at our last boarding facility. His only color was a speck of brown in one eye (rest of his eyes were blue).

Double Dilute horses can also look white. These are the product of two single dilutes (buckskin, palomino, smokey black) that inherited a creme dilute gene from each parent. Usually they will be milky white (Cremello) or white with slightly rusty points (Perlino). Usually they will have brown eyes and the skin will be a brownish-pink.
Cremello and Perlino Educational Association

You can also get a white looking horse by crossing the Champagne gene with the Cremello gene. This gives you a horse that is irridescent creamy white with green or amber colored eyes and freckled pink/brown skin.
Double Cream Champagne

One more way is through a horse that has two copies of the Pearl dilution (also known as Barlink Cream in APHA horses of that bloodline). It seems to be most prevalent in Iberian breeds (Lusitanos).

Here's the "White" Max Sabino colt that was born at our last boarding stable. He's 75% Walker, 25% Fox Trotter. His mom is a minimal Sabino (long white socks and face white, but she's gray so you can't see it) and dad was a Blue Roan Sabino with TALL white socks over his knees and a nearly bald face. Any brown you see on this little guys legs is from mud. This photo was him at just 3 days old. He's a big 3 yr old now! I need to get some new pictures.
    11-13-2008, 08:47 PM
There is no such thing as an albino horse, I think it's something to do with the gene being lethal. I remember reading it somewhere...
    11-13-2008, 09:17 PM
Originally Posted by wild_spot    
There is no such thing as an albino horse, I think it's something to do with the gene being lethal. I remember reading it somewhere...
I believe you're talking about lethal white.

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