Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The absolute only way to help increase your chances of blue eyes is by breeding stock known to have the splash pattern. As of this point, they are unsure if frame definitively causes blue eyes as you cannot test for splash yet and so although a horse may test positive for frame, they may also be hiding splash.
Ensure you are testing ANY colored breeding stock for frame - even solids descended from pinto coloring. Frame can pop up anywhere, and you may never see it so always test horses you CAN have frame even if they're solid. For example, frame does not come in Arabs so I would not have to test my Arab for it. However, my Paint filly would have to be tested because although she's almost positively splash and tobiano with no apparent frame in her bloodlines, I would never take the chance unless breeding her to a stud I KNEW didn't have frame.
My filly has a partial blue eye and neither of her parents had blue eyes. Her half sister has two crystal blue eyes and neither parent had blue eyes. Blue eyes are a TOTAL crapshoot - they are caused almost exclusively by the splash gene, so breeding splash patterns together is the only way to increase your chance but with absolutely no definitive results. We've all seen two of the loudest splashiest horses we know produce a totally solid baby, so it's impossible to determine.
At the end of the day, blue eyes are fun but should be the LAST thing on your mind. It's fine if both colts are stud quality, but I have seen SO many people make excuses for their stock JUST because of "pretty blue eyes" so make sure you're truly looking at them because if both colts have the splash gene, the non blue eyed colt could be JUST as likely, or even MORE likely to sire blue eyes as the blue eyed colt. Having blue eyes themselves means absolutely nothing.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.