Wall Eyes

I saw this interesting eye on a horse I was exercising last week:

As most of you probably know, some horses have a wall eye, which is caused by a lack of pigment. Whilst their vision is usually unaffected, horses with wall eyes can be more sensitive to UV light and sunburn on the delicate skin around the eye.

This horse seems to be lacking in pigment in one side of his eye. It would be interesting to find out if it is genetic or been caused by an accident, or deteriorated over time. 

Does anyone have a horse or know a horse with an unusual eye marking?

3 thoughts on “Wall Eyes

  1. firnhyde Jun 8, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    Working for a pinto stud, I’ve got two horses to ride that have blue eyes. One has one pure blue eye and one pure brown eye, and the other has two half-brown, half-blue eyes. I always suspect the odd-eyed mare is spookier on her blue-eyed side, but maybe that’s just me disliking wall eyes. (I hope so because the cremello is next to be backed…)

    • therubbercurrycomb Jun 8, 2015 / 7:25 pm

      I’ve never noticed a difference between wall eyes and normal in terms of spookiness, but perhaps it’s because those horses haven’t been particularly spooky? Or they’re just so silly you can’t tell?!?

      • firnhyde Jun 9, 2015 / 4:48 am

        The odd-eyed mare is a pretty spooky character anyway… maybe her wall-eyed side just has worse luck, LOL

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