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post #1 of 12 Old 03-15-2011, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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I hate people that don't do their research before "educating" people.

I have a brochure from a zoo around here, and I was just reading through it and one page has a bit about albinism in different species of animals. The page has pictures of albino kangaroos, turtles, peacocks, and lions. But they also have a picture of an "albino" horse followed by the statement "Albinism is found in every species." For one thing, the "albino" horse is white, yes, but has black hooves, muzzle, eyes, and obviously skin. I was just like ughhh. ALBINISM DOES NOT EXIST IN HORSES, Mr. Zookeeper that wrote this. And even if it did, albino animals don't have black skin. And how many people are going to read it and believe it? Sorry. Maybe it's a little bitty detail that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things, but it still bothers me when people who are supposed to be educating people, don't know what they're talking about.

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-16-2011, 10:46 AM
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I'm kind of confused. I know there's no such thing as a living albino horse. But I've read in a few articles that the albino gene technically does exist, but it's fatal in horses, so they die in utero (and they weren't talking about lethal white overo. It specifically said albino). I'm interested to know if that's true or not. I'll try to find the articles.

Edit: I understand that there is such a thing as partial albinism. What makes cremello and perlino horses not albino, at least partially? Is it just because they don't have pink eyes? I understand it's a diluted chestnut. But what separates it from partial albinism, since they are diluted of pigment? Humans with albinism have blueish eyes, so...

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You are correct. Technically albinism in horses "exists" but everything I've read about it says that it has never been scientifically proven which suprised me because I've also heard that it exists but it fatal. As for your second question, I really have no idea. That's a good question! Maybe someone else knows.

ETA: I have no idea how partial albinism works, but I think what seperates cremello and perlino from albino is simply that these genes are different from the albino gene, and thus...are not. Lol but I really have no idea. Anyone else feel free to chime in.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-17-2011, 11:18 AM
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That's so strange, that albinism would be fatal only in horses. Zebras can be albino... What about donkeys?

I wonder why that is...?

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I've also heard that horses do get Albinism, but they die if they get it so. It seems like I saw where Koala bears might die eventually from it too, but I'm no real sure. I'm just going by what I heard, I haven't researched anything.
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It's probably just an evolutionary thing. Most albinos in any species die because they either stand out and are easily spotted by predators or they develop other problems associated with albinism. It may have just developed in horses to the point where they die while still in utero
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I have been told that lavender foal syndrome has its roots in the albinism.
Whilst lavender foals are born alive they never live more then 48 hours after birth.

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Is lavender foal syndrome the same thing as lethal white?

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It's something similar, but it's only in Arabians I think. I'm not an Arabian person, so I don't now much about it. The foals are born an almost lavender colour, hence the name.
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no it isnt. Lavender foal only happens in Purebred arabs. It quite literaly produces a foal who is a startling shade of purple. Mainly found in the Egyptian lines. The foals are unale to stand, some can't even lie up. They often have seizures.
This is the colour they are born (not always but in the majority of cases)

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