Eye Color in Horses.
Most horses have brown eyes but other eye colors are seen.
These eye colors can include blue, green, yellow, amber, or hazel.
Most variation in eye color is the result of a white pattern or dilution.
Do paint horses have blue eyes?
Blue eyes can appear in almost all horse breeds, though American Paints, Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, Gypsy Cobs, Miniatures and Tennessee Walking Horses are the most likely bearers. However, the lighter-toned eyes have suddenly appeared in normally brown-eyed breeds such as Arabians and Thoroughbreds.
Why do some horses have blue eyes?
The most basic and well-understood cause of blue eyes in horses is the occurrence of a double-dilute coat color caused by the creme gene. The combination of two dilute genes also affects the pigmentation of the horse’s eyes, making both irides of a double-dilute horse pale blue.
Is it rare for a horse to have blue eyes?
Blue eyes are no weaker, develop disease no more frequently, and are no more likely to stop functioning than brown eyes. Horses with two blue eyes, or one blue and one brown eye, are not at increased risk for any eye problems because of this color variation.
Why do horses have wall eyes?
The blue color is created by a lack of pigmentation in the iris. The genetics that cause a horse to have a wall eye are not well understood, but many breeds, including quarter horses, Thoroughbreds, Arabians and Tennessee walkers, all have some registered horses with blue eyes.