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    10-05-2010, 04:55 PM
I think smrobs may be on to something, and yes it's a myth. My first horse had one and a half blue eyes so I got to hear it plenty. Currently of the 4 horses in my family two have two blues and two have one blue each. Of course my horse (w/ one of each) is the best (shhhh don't tell the others I said that).
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    10-05-2010, 04:55 PM
My first horse was a cremello with 2 blue eyes. She had had a rough life before I got her and she was always sweet as could be. We used her for a Therapeutic riding program for kids and she was wonderful with them. I wish I had a nickle for ever kid she taught to ride. She was patience personified.
    10-05-2010, 05:53 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
Yep, total myth. I suspect it may be a bit of a vicious circle of myths there. People who believe the myth treat blue eyed horses as if they are supposed to be monsterous killers and so, they become monsterous killers. People like PHM, who treat them like any other horse end up with nice, well broke horses.
Not to hijack the thread, but I firmly believe that this is also the root of much of the stereotypical bad rap that mares get all the time.

P.s. Our mares told me to post this...or else...
    10-05-2010, 06:01 PM
LOL, kind of what I was thinking when she said that, except I thought "all Arabs are crazy and high strung".
Same goes for dogs. All Rotties are mean and viscous (somebody should've told my brothers German bred Rottie that one all he wanted to do was climb in your lap). Or all pit bulls will kill you.
Just have to settle for the "everyone has their own opinions." :roll:
    10-05-2010, 07:01 PM
I would say total myth. I have an 11yr bay gelding with two blue eyes and a 2 yr old palomino paint filly with two blue eyes. Both are the sweetest, most willing, and trustworthy horses. I love them to pieces and wouldn't trade those blues eyes!! Lol
    10-05-2010, 09:00 PM
DEFINITELY A MYTH! I own a paint with two blue eyes and he is fantastic! I absolutely love him and wouldn't trade him for the world
    10-05-2010, 11:32 PM
Green Broke
There MAY be a stitch of truth to that myth actually - blue eyes are associated almost strictly with splashed white overos (possibly frame, but no definitive connection yet) and splashed white horses are known for being deaf! The condition usually affects horses with major white that extends into their ears but has been seen to affect all types of splash horses.

So it's possible there's been enough people owning these deaf horses without realizing it that a stereotype was born. The thing about stereotypes is you can't write them off completely - there is often a REASON they exist. It usually isn't a highly accurate reason but you can usually hunt down the source of how it originated.

My partial blue eye is definitely as laidback and quiet as they come, but she also has black ears! This is an example of a potentially deaf horse and what pattern presents to cause it:


"Normal" splashed white (likely not deaf):

Interestingly, this filly HAS dark ears and yet she was born deaf!

    10-05-2010, 11:38 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Not to hijack the thread, but I firmly believe that this is also the root of much of the stereotypical bad rap that mares get all the time.

P.s. Our mares told me to post this...or else...
Ha ha, loved this It's TRUE though, mares do get a bad rap and unfairly I believe.

Now as for chestnuts, well they are ALWAYS hot.
    10-05-2010, 11:47 PM
MYTH. One hundred percent.

My family has owned paint horses forever and we have had a lot with blue eyes. Some have been crazy, some have been the best horses ever. But then again, we also had some crazy brown-eyed horses. I think its just the fact that a lot of the blue eyed horses are hard to read because their eyes are much more intense, and not soft like brown eyes.
    10-07-2010, 12:23 AM
I think this is like the myth about white hooves. Years ago I asked my farrier if I needed shoes on my cremello because she had white hooves. He said he thought that was a myth made up by old time farriers to sell shoes. Since then most of my horses have had at least 2 wht. Socks. I've seen differences in feet between horses and certain bloodlines but not between light and dark feet.

I think certain myths will perpetuate as long as people keep and ride horses.

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