alforddm, I appreciate that. I'm not looking to offend ANYONE. I do, however notice an increase in health problems in horses that are the result of breeding to a type or a color--it's a current trend. I'm not referring to an upright shoulder, or a straight leg or a weak back, but I think "lethal" white says it all. I just don't want anybody to breed a horse (or dog) that isn't healthy bc of the genetic mix that they intentionally choose. I guess you could say that I "campaign" against this.
I have talked to a lot of horse people, many who sternly maintain that it will be okay to breed this or that, understanding that there are documented health problems, bc they've found one specimin that didn't have it. I'll tell you, one time was enough for me. Here is a picture of my QH gelding, "Dandy Silver Moon."
He was a gorgeous cremmelo, great attitude and willing. He went blind at age 7. I, for one, will not EVER buy another cremmelo. I understand it's referred to as an "Isabella Palomino," and you can make out his blaze, in contrast to a dappled, ivory coat. I was stunned when my Vet discovered his sight problem, but he told me the defect was genetic. Even IF it only happens periodically, I do not think breeding this improves these horses. Again, I am sorry to offend anyone but I get very attached to my horses, and I cannot afford to keep one crippled by a genetic defect as a pasture-pet. OP, Please consider outcrossing your mare for the color you want.
It's not a sign of inbreeding or man-manipulated genetics, either. Appaloosas actually are very much prone to a myriad of serious eye issues, yet their pattern has existed in the wild for millenia.