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Dogrose
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Eye colour in liver chestnuts?
I was at the stables where I used to live taking pics of my old landlady's new warmblood, he is liver chestnut and he has quite light goldeny brown eyes. Is this normal for a liver chestnut? I'll look through my pics and see if any show it. You can sort of see it here IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/DogRose/oliie2.jpg)
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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

I have a liver chestnut Morgan stallion that I will check out this weekend... but I don't think his eyes are any different then any other horses... hmmm but we will see :)

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

That particular eye color seems to pop up on pretty much any coat color. I feel like I see it more on black than anything else, but that may be merely coincidence. I don't think anyone knows why it happens.

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

He isn't really dark enough for me to term "Liver", but I just see slightly lighter eyes, nothing unusual, perhaps the photo just doe snot show what you are saying???

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

Photos don't really show it, its more noticeable in real life, all the other horses there have very dark eyes, with this one you can clearly see his pupil. So its just something any horse can get? Like some dogs have golden coloured eyes even if they are black? I like it, I like anything that shows contrast in animal colours. He is a Hanoverian.

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

That's a lovely eye shot!
I agree it is slightly lighter than average, but I do not think it is light enough to be unusual....I also do not think he is dark enough to call Liver, but there you go...differnt people see different things...

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

near liver? False liver? :lol:

I'd call it liver. It's enough darker than the average chestnut to need another adjective in there to describe it... if you were missing him and told everyone you were looking for a chestnut they'd have a totally different color in mind.

I have no opinion on the eye color though, which I realize was the real question here!

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

Is he wet in that photo? (He looks it, at least the mane and tail does.) If so he probably looks alot lighter dry. Even Lacy looks liver when wet (actually, truthfully she looks classic chocolate palomino :rofl ).

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

Agreed, I don't think I'd call him liver. I reserve that for horses that look black.... but aren't.

He's definitely pretty, I love light colored eyes on horses. He looks like a sweetie.

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

I have a hanovarian with thse eyes too, but he is bay. It may be that it runs in the hanovarians :?:

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

Photos don't really show it, its more noticeable in real life, all the other horses there have very dark eyes, with this one you can clearly see his pupil. So its just something any horse can get? Like some dogs have golden coloured eyes even if they are black? I like it, I like anything that shows contrast in animal colours. He is a Hanoverian.

Jazz is the only horse I've ever had with an eye so dark you could barely make out the pupil.

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

Thanks for the replies! The pics don't really show how light his eyes are, compared to the other horses there, they are quite noticable in real life.
He wasn't wet. He doesn't have much of a reddish tint in his coat, its sort of a dark yellowy chestnut. He is very pretty but dim, last time I went he had just accidently rolled under a barbed wire fence, scratched his thin skin all down one side and gone wandering on a very busy city road!

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

This is an interesting subject, and prompted me to ask this question......how many of you can visually tell the difference between a liver chestnut and a smokey black? I ask because my mare looked liver chestnut to my inexperienced eye when I got her but most on here at the time thought her to be a smokey black. :love

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

in general i can. Not always but most.

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

In most cases I feel pretty confident that I can as well. I certainly didn't start out that way though.

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Re: Eye colour in liver chestnuts?

Smoky Blacks can look like ordinary Blacks, no problem.
I can tell if a horse looks Smoky Black rather than Chestnut as easily as I can tell if a horse looks Silver Bay instead of Chestnut.
That does not mean that just because a horse looks Smoky Black that it is, any more than a horse that looks Cremello is not Perlino, the only real way to know is to test.

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