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Sky Eyes

Bilateral dorsomedial strabismus (sky eyes) is a condition in which the eyes are abnormally rotated upward and backward.

The eyes appear to be tilted in such a way that the horse is continually looking upward, to a point on the forehead/forelock, just ahead of the ears. This results in the pupil appearing to be tilted back toward the ear.

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Spotted horses in art history

There are many images of appaloosa-patterned horses in the art of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  

These paintings, drawings, sculptures and household objects give us a glimpse of the many roles played by horses with this unique form of patterning.  

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What causes blue eyes?

Blue eyes in horses have a number of possible causes.

Only a few of these have been formally studied and identified, all of which have been found to be genetically determined.

It is also possible that blue eyes (including both, only one, or partially blue eyes) may in some instances be due to non-genetic causes (ie. environmental factors), but no research has been published on this in the horse.

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Why does my non-dun horse have a dorsal stripe?

Distinguishing a horse carrying the dun gene from individuals exhibiting some dun characteristics can pose a problem.

Often, horses that show a dorsal stripe are confused for dun horses when in fact, there's another explanation.

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Nice Spots… What About the Tail?

When Lance was a foal, he had a nice thick black tail, and with his good looks, he was a poster child for the Appaloosa.

By the end of the second summer of his life, however, Lance was having trouble keeping the flies away.

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Coat Patterns Produced Over Time

One of the most fascinating features of horses with the LP mutation is their ever-changing appearance.  As they age, each horse undergoes a unique transformation. 

In this article, we're going to deal with

  • appaloosa roaning
  • the appearance of new dark spots
  • changes in base coat colour
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