Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Eye colour in horses doesn't appear to be separate genes. It's related to the colour, blue eyes are usually caused by frame or splash white, or double dilutes. If your boys are both paints, they need to be tested for a few things before you consider what they can possibly pass on to their offspring. First off they need to be tested for LWO which is the frame gene. A foal with two frame genes is a baby that is going to die a few days after birth, so it is important to know if the stallion carries it. You also need to test for HYPP and HERDA which are both pretty horrible disorders.
What bloodlines do your stallions have? What are their accomplishments? What is their conformation like? These are the first things you should ask yourself before deciding to keep or cut each one. Colour should always be a bonus when breeding, not the sole object. The primary object should be to produce offspring better than the parents.
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