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Horses With Blue Eyes

horses with blue eyes

The horse has a 300 ° view thanks to the lateral position of the eyes. Its vision can be binocular and monocular. That is, the left and right eye see two distinct panoramas and send signals to two distinct hemispheres of the brain.

So It comes to perceive two unequal realities. Or, It can have a front view with which It sees with both eyes, with which It covers a field of 70 °.

The blue-eyed horse is surrounded by numerous myths and legends. Many associated the rarity of eye color with the madness and unreliability of the horse.

In other cases, it was claimed that a blue-eyed horse was prone to developing tumors. In some gypsy traditions.

Horse eye colors

Most horses have brown eyes. Many equines and some breeds can also have a blue color. In rare cases, the color can be green or purple.

Blue eyes are common to all horses and coats. Some horse breeds are more likely to have blue eyes. It’s very common in horses with spotted coats such as paint and appaloosa, and in specimens with light coats. 

The colored part of the eye is the iris that surrounds the pupil. The pigmentation of the iris depends on the concentration of melanin. If the eye is dark there is a greater amount of melanin, when it’s lighter, the amount of melanin that pigments the iris is less.

Heterochromia and Mosaicism of the eyes

In addition to blue eyes, horses can have both heterochromia and mosaicism.

Heterochromia is when they have different colored eyes. Normally one eye is blue, the other black or brown. Heterochromia is due to a different concentration of melanin in the two eyes.

It has no influence on the quality of sight. However, if it occurs over time, it can result from pathological problems or trauma.

Mosaicism is when the horse has two different colors in one eye. The iris is bichromatic. Mosaicism occurs from birth. It’s transmitted genetically, however, if it occurs after birth it could be an alteration of the iris following a trauma or the manifestation of pathologies.

All mammals can exhibit mosaicism.

Blue-eyed horse breeds

The Akhal-Teké

horses with blue eyes

Akhal-Tekè is an ancient breed originating from Turkmenistan. It’s believed that it derives from the Turkmen horse, ancestor of the Arab, now extinct. A horse with a particular coat with metallic reflections.

It can be bay, sand, black, gray or sorrel, white palomino, golden black, golden Isabella, and finally pink-isabella, a salmon pink that often has blue eyes. The height at the withers varies between 5 feet – 5.5 feet. Elegant, heavenly, and proud. It has a lively character.

The Albino Horse

horses with blue eyes

The albino horse also called the American White is an American breed. Typical is the milky white coat and blue eyes. It has a very sweet character even though it is a robust horse and is sensitive to the sun. The height at the withers is 4.9 feet – 5 feet. The albino’s eyes are always blue.

The American Cream Draft

horses with blue eyes

The American Cream Draft is an equine breed originally from the United States characterized by the cream-colored coat that stems from the genes of champagne. It was recognized in 1941. It derives from the crossing with a mare named Old Grammy who had a cream-colored foal from which the breed descends, later crossed with the Percheron, the Shire, the Brabançon, and the Flemish.

The Paint Horse

horses with blue eyes

The Pinto was bred by the Indians and was then crossed with horses of Spanish origin and later with the quarter horse. The height varies from 4.2 to 5.2 feet. An intelligent and reliable horse. Some specimens have blue eyes.

The Gypsy Vanner

horses with blue eyes

The Irish Cob known as Tinker or Gypsy Vanner. A beautiful breed characterized by a thick tail and mane and long hair on the shins. Selected by the gypsies who raised the Vanner for towing wagons.

Elegant in gait, with a docile and helpful character. Suitable for light and medium towing, equestrian tourism, and for dressage. Height is less than 5.5 feet. Some specimens have blue eyes.

The Appaloosa

horses with blue eyes

Resistant and supple, appaloosa was bred and selected by the redskins. It has a docile and faithful character and a height that does not exceed 5.3 feet. It has a docile and faithful character. Some specimens have blue eyes.

The Lusitano

horses with blue eyes

The Lusitano originally from Portugal. Descended from Arab and Berber horses. Suitable for the saddle. A courageous and loyal character. The height at the withers is between 4.9 – 5.2 feet. Many Isabella-colored Lusitanians have blue eyes.

The  Shetland

horses with blue eyes

The Shetland is the most widespread and best-known pony native to Great Britain, Scotland, the Orkney Islands, and the Shetland Islands which are its ideal habitat. A very strong mountain and moor horse. Ideal riding for children but also as a companion horse.

The coat is black but also bay, chestnut, gray and piebald. A lively, robust pony but sometimes not easy in character. The height at the Withers reaches a maximum of 3.5 feet. Some shetland spotted ones may have blue eyes.

The Falabella

horses with blue eyes

It’s considered the smallest pony in the world. Originally from Argentina. The breed was selected in the Ranch Recreo de Roca, near Buenos Aires) owned by the Falabella family. The Falabella is well proportioned, deriving from a Shetland crossing, selecting the smallest specimens.

An ideal pony for company, used for the saddle for small children and for small towing. Smart and reliable. Unlike other horses, it has only 17 vertebrae, instead of 18, and one pair fewer ribs. It can be of all colors and the height at the withers must not exceed 2.7 feet. Some specimens, especially the pezzatti or spotted, may have blue eyes.

Written by Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, canine behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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