I'm waiting at this point to hear back from the equine vet to get the official name of what Justice had. We kind of had to put it together - thanks to the shock of everything, between myself and my BOs, we had 'detached retina,' 'cataracts,' and 'something that started with an A and sounded like asphyxia.' That is... that is not something one can easily Google. lol
What we believe she said was aniridia, after perusing the list here (warning: crazy eye pictures, some kind of nasty). Down at the very bottom, it says this:
Table 1. EYE DISEASES ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC HORSE BREEDS
|APPALOOSA||1. Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB)
2. Congenital cataracts
5. Optic disc colobomas
|ARABIAN||1. Congenital cataracts|
|BELGIAN DRAFT HORSES||1. Aniridia and secondary cataracts |
Well, let's look at the pedigree. Justice's daddy is the result of a Belgian breeding to a Belgian/Appy cross. And then we looked at Justice's mother, and her grand-dam was the result of an Appy crossed to a Belgian/Quarter Horse cross.
Digging a bit further... it's rare, and it's congenital. So hooray for winning the shit lottery. There's some suspicion now that the previous owner of Justice's sire either neglected to mention some important information regarding his foals or sold the babies before anything cropped up. Hard to tell, hard to say.
Right now, my plans are pretty much "get Cessa under saddle, damn it," but my BOs - as mentioned elsewhere - are awesome and have offered me either a baby from this year's or next year's crop or a custom breeding. I'm going to play it by ear right now. If a baby appeals, awesome. If a baby doesn't appeal... this guy should be ready to breed next year, and it turns out that I have a good momma mare...
|He's 3 this year, so not quite so adorable - but look at the cuteness!|
Of course, given that my BOs have produced at least one foal where there was a 2% chance of getting that exact color and pattern combination... I am already prepared that if I do do this, I'm going to get a chestnut colt with either no LP or just LP with no pattern - and Cessa's attitude!