Originally Posted by TheVelveteenPony
That's the odd part- from what I understand they only breed pureblood Arabians. Appearantly they never registered because they thought her blue eye was a big fault... but maybe it was because she is not in fact pure blood? I really don't know. I'm going to get in contact with them and straighten the whole thing out.
Is it possible for purebloods to have blue eyes? And what exactly is a sabino? I've heard the term before- is it a paint arab cross?
ETA: Yes, it's the mare in my avatar :)
Usually, and Sabino Arabians were only recognized during the last few years, a blue eye would be a fault in the Arabian breed.
However, because Sabino Arabians have been by the Arabian registeries, it is not anymore.
As before, an Arabian could not be registered if white came above their knees, on their belly, etc, or with a blue eye, but because a blue eye is part of the Sabino gene, so long as the parentage is correct, the horse can be registered Arab.
A Sabino Arabian is one that carries a gene that may cause them to have odd white spots on the face, belly, and legs (usually) with some amount of roaning. Markings that could almost be considered what you would see on a Paint horse, however they are purebred Arabians.
There are different types of Sabinos... The minimum (excessive amount of white), Moderate Sabino (White on the belly, etc, where it would not normally be), and a Maximum Sabino (They appear to be grey but actually are not).
I have three Sabinos myself (Two moderate and one minimal), and my stallions sire was a Maximum Sabino.
One sign of carrying with Sabino gene without actually showing excessive amount of white, is the bottom lip will have white on it.
I would love to see more pictures of your mare, just to see.
I've been admiring her for quite a while now... she is a beautiful girl!
Here are a few pictures of Roxy (A moderate Sabino):
(You'll notice the white above her knees, white chin, and white under her jaw - all unusal for a purebred Arabian, just like having a white eye).
And Maiden (Roxy's full sister), a Minimum Sabino:
(Note the white above her hocks, under her chin, and odd white markings on her front knees)
And Rina, a moderate Sabino.
(You'll notice she has irregular white markings on her legs after her white ends (ragged ends) and belly spots)
This is my stallions sire. Although he looks grey, he is actually a Maximum Sabino with a bay base coat.
All of the markings on those mares, ten years ago, would have prevented them from being registered, but thankfully the Arabian registeries have recognized that you have purebred Arabians with these traits.
Because they are fairly new, most people would not recognize (and I always find it funny to think that the owners of Khemosabi , Abu Farwa, and Zodiac Matador, to name a few, never knew they owned a Sabino!) a Sabino Arabian if they saw one.
It may be possible that your mares breeders had no idea what a Sabino was, or wanted to recognize it.
There is a website for the Sabino Arabian Horse Registry (Really neat horses on that site!) www.SAHR.homestead.com
If you ever do find out the pedigree information I'd love to know!
She does have the head that a Zodiac Matador horse might.
Beautiful girl, either way. :)