So this is my horse, Digby, and he has some strange eyes.
I don’t have a lot of information about his genetic background and am wondering if anybody has some insight on what might have made his eyes so different.
He is an 8 year old Rocky Mountain Horse. These are the horses that are sometimes chocolate or chocolaty dappled (technical terms ) in body color with long flaxen manes and tails.
Mine however, got neither the chocolate or the flowy hair! LOL
Because I’m not sure what might be helpful, here are some color things about him-
He’s a buckskin, and if you divide him in half (front/back) there are some coat differences.
While it doesn’t show up well in pictures, if you look in person at his back half you can see all the hairs on barrel, flank, and rump are the same deep dark consistent gold color.
If you look at the front half, from just behind the shoulders forward, the hairs begin to “roan” with medium gold hairs mixing with the dark gold.
The further front you go, the more roaning there is… right up the neck with the cheeks/forehead and uppermost neck being a complete mix of light/pale gold hairs mixed with medium and dark gold.
It is more visible in his winter coat, but is still present in summer sleeknees and his entire head is a shade or two lighter than his body, especially the back half.
On his face the lighter hairs/roaning occurs mostly on the forehead, above the eyes and his cheeks.
Below the eyes, towards the front of his face he is darker gold.
He does have three or four pea sized white spots, but I figured they were little scars since they are sort of scattered around in odd places, but... on his chest and neck, the lighter hairs sometimes group together to form small faint "patches." (not dapples, but he does get those too)
Ok, the actual eyes-
The left eye is brown/amber and blue and is on the non white mark side of his face.
The right eye is icy green at the top and light amber in the middle and the bottom.
It can be hard to see as he doesn't open his eyes fully very much for the camera and in a picture with a strong flash, the icy green part appears to look like polar ice, but to the naked eye it is indeed an icy/minty green color.
Any ideas why he has such odd eyes??
Shiny summer coat
Face and side of face
(Yes, he really likes to snooze with his round bale as a pillow)
One more side pic in the shade