Blue eyes in horses and ponies

Details for the blue eye package

Normal package cost: $81 including GST per horse. Use the discount code SW4PAX to discount this package to $70 as part of our free testing offer for the splashed white originally found in Appaloosas.

Blue and other pale eye colours are extremely striking, and often very attractive. Blue eyes can be caused by some combinations of coat colour dilution genes (cream, champagne and pearl), and by some white pattern genes (frame overo or any version of splashed white.) Blue eyes are not caused by the Appaloosa gene or KIT gene mutations such as sabino 1, tobiano or W1-W20.

Our blue eye genetic testing package is suitable for horses with anything from one partially blue eye right up to two amazing blue or pale coloured eyes. It is also suitable for horses that have produced blue-eyed foals.

Our blue eye package includes:

  • Testing for the cream and champagne coat colour dilution genes
  • Testing for frame overo and splashed white 1
  • Horses that test negative will also be entered into our free testing program for the splashed white originally found in Appaloosa horses

This package will identify the genetic basis of your horse's blue eyes for most Australian horses. It is not ideal for horses with known pearl ancestry, or for horses known to have splashed white ancestors carrying SW2 or SW3 (i.e. some Quarter Horses and Paint Horses, especially those with Miss Smokin Hickory in their pedigree).

Blue eyes

Blue eyes in horses are striking.

Purchase equine DNA testing

Price per horse = sample processing ($40) + tests

Coat colour tests

Base coat colours

$9 Agouti (the bay factor) more
$9 Extension (red/black) more

Coat colour dilutions

$9 Cream more
$9 Dun and d1 more
$9 Silver more
$9 Champagne more
$9 Pearl more

Coat patterns

$9 Grey more
$9 Appaloosa or leopard (CSNB) more
$9 PATN1 more
$9 SW1 (Splashed White 1) more
$9 SW2 (Splashed White 2) more
$9 Frame overo (OLWS) more
$9 Tobiano more
$9 Sabino 1 more
$9 W13 dominant white (Miniatures) more
$9 W20 white markings more
$9 W25 dominant white (TB) more
$9 W26 dominant white (TB) more
$9 W27 dominant white (TB, Paint) more
$9 Roan marker more

Inherited disorders

Pure and part-bred Arabian

$14 Cerebellar abiotrophy (CA) more
$14 Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) more
$14 Lavender foal syndrome (LFS) more

Fell Ponies, Dale Ponies and Gypsy horses

$14 Foal immunodeficiency syndrome (FIS) more

Pure and part-bred Friesian

$19 Friesian dwarfism more
$14 Hydrocephalus (Friesian and other breeds) more

Various breeds

$14 Polysaccharide storage myopathy type 1 (PSSM1) more

Quarter horses and related breeds

$14 Malignant hyperthermia (MH) more
$14 Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP) more
$14 Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA) more
$19 Glycogen branching enzyme deficiency (GBED) more

Saddlebred horses and related breeds

$14 Junctional epidermolysis bullosa, Saddlebred form (JEB) more

Parentage/DNA profile

$33 DNA profile (microsatellite) more

Remember: most breed societies ask members to test through their society.

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