Wall eyes... Love em or hate em?

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Queenbee

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Just wondering really, some people love them, I personally dislike the look of them. My friend loves a nice show pony with wall eyes, and there are some that prefer coloureds with them. What it your view point?
 

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haven't answered as i prefer them to have 2 wall eyes, i don't like the look of 1 but it would put me off buying a horse just cos it had a blue eye
 

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I'm supprised at the amount of people that wouldn't be put off by a wall eye on a potential purchace
 

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Personally im not that fussed on a wall eye, but in coloured classes they are (or at least should be) frowned upon. I show coloureds so if i was looking to buy, then i wouldnt touch it if it had a wall eye!
 

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Personally im not that fussed on a wall eye, but in coloured classes they are (or at least should be) I show coloureds so if i was looking to buy, then i wouldnt touch it if it had a wall eye!

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Hi, may I just ask why you say that wall eyes should be frowned upon? Just curious.
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I have APHA's, in that breed blue eyes are quite acceptable and with overo's in particular they are sought after.

My own APHA has 'away with the fairy' pale, pale blue eyes, not particularly attractive, in fact, I think they make her look like a cow, but in the show ring they wouldn't detract from her from a judge's stance.
 

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I have to say i love them
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, as two of my horses have them and my mini Shetland has two blue eyes. Walled eye horses to do not bother me in the slightest. At the end of the day if it doesn't stop them doing their job, so what.
 

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If i was buying an animal to show it.. then a wall eye would be a no no..

As i cant stick showing (way to political) and Ill nevergo showing.. and Ill never buy a horse where looks are all I go for..

A wall eye really does not bother me!!!

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I do quite a bit of showing, so no way on this earth would I buy something with a wall eye, I really don't like them.
My mum went to look at a horse the other week that was otherwise perfect but rejected it because it had a wall eye (she wanted to show it. )
However, we have just got a little coloured with a slightly blue eye, he isn't for showing though, it looks a lot less obvious than a full wall eye and my sister fell in love with him so mum and I had to pipe down.
 

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I think they are quite sweet and it wouldn't ever stop me buying a horse but I do think it makes a difference on a show pony because they are so distinctive and people -including judges I assume- always seem to have an opinion... for this reason a wall eye may impact upon the horses overall success in the ring and as such I think it does make a difference.
 

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i had a horse with 2 blue eyes.
She was grey, and absolutely beautiful.
For some weird reason with her blue eyes she seemed more girly, i know that doesn't make sense but it was the impression i got.
 

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I think it is very sad when looks are more important than temperament and personality...but showing bores me stupid so wouldnt worry about whether it is acceptable or not. It is meant to be a sign of good luck
 

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Personally im not that fussed on a wall eye, but in coloured classes they are (or at least should be) frowned upon. I show coloureds so if i was looking to buy, then i wouldnt touch it if it had a wall eye!

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Both CHAPs and BSPA do not frown upon or penalise blue eyes

BSPA state

Colour patterns should be valued equally, Tobiano or Overo, blue eyes should not be penalised (a Special Award for the Best Blue Eyes may be given in some Colour and Markings Classes).

Ditto CHAPS

Wall and blue eyes are acceptable and will not be penalised.

I show trads and have seen blue eyed horses at the top end of the line.

Whilst my chap has brown eyes, I would not turn down a blue eyed horse if it ticked all the boxes I required.

Farra our clydie has the most beautiful and unusual eyes - brown with flecks of blue - they really do stand out and people comment on how attractive they are.
 

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Oh I'm not saying you are penalised for them, I just don't like them, in the show ring or otherwise.
I do not choose my horses by looks at all, I would never buy a horse where I compromised a badly behaved horse for its looks, but equally I wouldn't buy a horse I didn't like the look of.
 

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a pony i had on loan a couple of years ago had a half wall eye on one side he had unusual shape markings on his face (more than a blaze not quite a white face) it really suited him tho
i dnt mind either way!!! I prefer just one tho and love collie dogs to have one!
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My share horse is a cremello and I agree with Enfys, she does look like a cow (hence my sisters calling her the Bovine Equine!) however it wouldnt matter to me if a horse has a wall eye or not. All the horses I know that have wall eyes have fabulous tempraments and for me this is the most important factor.
Showing is like human modelling and unfortunately (in my opinion) a lot of it is to do with aesthetics as the judges don't get time to fully judge a horse's temprament so it is unsurprising that an aesthetic "fault" like a wall eye is seen by some to be a negative in a showing horse.
 

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The breeder who I bought Chancer from, and he has the most beautiful brown eyes, which I personally do prefer, (apart from Farra's brown and blue flecks) said that the only people who actively reject blue eyed gypsy horses are those from Australia - she ships the breed all over the world.

They don't want blue eyed horses as they state that blue eyes don't cope with the strong sun as well as brown eyes and are more prone to cancer and other problems.

However, they are prized by gypsy breeders.

If I were buying a horse for showing other than a coloured, then I would want brown eyes, purely as in anything other than coloured classes, some judges do mark them down.

I also would rather a piebald with blue eyes than a skewbald
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I wouldn't buy a horse with one wall eye, but I own a coloured cob with 2 blue eyes, they are quite rare.
 

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Aww, on some ponies they look really sweet!
Anyways I put no preference for most of the poll options, I'd be damn grateful for any horse, performance/temperament etc come way before looks in my eyes
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I wouldn't buy a horse with one wall eye, but I own a coloured cob with 2 blue eyes, they are quite rare.

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Not in North America, common as flies on a muckheap here
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In the UK probably they are a little more unusual. I think when they occur on a dark face then they are certainly much more uncommon . The little pinto in my signature has no white on his head other than a smidge on his nose yet he has a blue eye.
 

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My coloured warmblood has 2 very blue eyes and i love them!! they really suit him and seem to add to his personality! he very different and i have never seen a horse like him!! i did not buy him for his eyes or his colour though, he just ticked all the right boxes! if he was a bay or a grey with brown eyes i still would have brough him!!
 

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Depends very much on the horse. My neighbour has a bay pony with two blue eyes and he is stunning, really attractive but I don't like blue eyed/cream as a rule-too much pink skin. I think they look better if both eyes are blue though.
 

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I do think they look ugly, like a 'blind' horse, but as I jump I wouldnt turn down a potential Milton just because it had a wall eye!
 

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My "smart cob" (you know, trimmed, hogged etc) - currently out on loan - has a wall eye and the old farmer (a very knowledgeable old horseman) where I used to keep him always siaid "Never trust a horse with a wall eye!" and my God, he was right!
 

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My "smart cob" (you know, trimmed, hogged etc) - currently out on loan - has a wall eye and the old farmer (a very knowledgeable old horseman) where I used to keep him always siaid "Never trust a horse with a wall eye!" and my God, he was right!

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indeed he is....
 

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Obviously I wouldn't turn down a horse wih a wall eye as my boy has one. I wasn't overly fussed on it when I bought him, but now he just wouldn't be the same without it and I love it! It adds to his character.

Also... I bought him to show. He was sold to me by very reputable successful show pony producers and did very well showing with them. I've had a lot of opinions from pros that he should do nicely in the show ring. I've never seen a horse being marked down because of blue eyes! But I'll let you know, lol.
 
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