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    07-07-2012, 02:27 AM
Half Blue Eyes

My boy is a 14-ish hh mustang from California, he's a bay with Chrome. Four white socks/stockings and a blaze. His left eye is partially blue, is this genetic? If so what causes this to happen?

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    07-07-2012, 02:32 AM
Its called sectoral heterochromia. Its usually related to color. My blue Merle Shetland Sheepdogs all have it as well.
    07-07-2012, 02:49 AM
My horse has that too! Half of his left eye is blue. I hadn't ever seen anything like it before until I got him.
    07-07-2012, 03:35 AM
Does it have to be any specific coloring or just a pattern? What is the pattern called?
    07-07-2012, 10:17 AM
He probably has a blue eye because he is sabino. It may be splash, but I don't think that is found in mustangs.
    07-07-2012, 01:28 PM
Sabino is not known to cause blue eyes. It would have to come from either Splash or Frame. Do you have a full body picture of him?
    07-07-2012, 02:05 PM
I'd also like to see a full body pic.

Blue eyes are something I haven't looked into much, but should. My mare's half sister is a solid bay with one blue eye, but no blue eyes found ANYWHERE in the family as far as records could be traced. Full QH.

    07-07-2012, 02:16 PM
Originally Posted by Quixotic    
Sabino is not known to cause blue eyes. It would have to come from either Splash or Frame. Do you have a full body picture of him?
I have seen them before
    07-07-2012, 02:20 PM
Originally Posted by TexanFreedom    
I have seen them before
Horses can have more than one pattern, so a Sabino horse could certainly have blue eyes, but it would also have to be carrying Frame and/or Splash.
    07-07-2012, 03:39 PM
My mare is an overo mainly because of her face! But her eye opposite of all the white has a cool little sliver of blue!

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