SPLASHED WHITE, or simple SPLASH, is a white pattern, usually a pinto pattern unless very minimal in expression, and is included in the "Overo" (non-Tobiano) category. Splash comes is three known genetic variants: (SW-1, SW-2, SW-3). Read about Splashed White from Animal Genetics website
Horses with the Splash pattern usually have white legs (exception: Minimal Splash may not). White on the body may range from extremely minimal, perhaps a spot on the belly or face, to extensive "spotting" that is like a reverse tobiano (in Tobiano the white spreads from the topline down; In Splashed White, it goes from the bottom up.)
The head is usually extensively and sometimes completely white with just the ears having color.
The line between the white and color is very sharp and distinct as with Tobiano.
Blue eyes are very common.
There may be a genetic connection between the Splash pattern and deafness, although by no means are all splash horses hearing-impaired. However, since horses primarily respond to body language rather than verbal commands, deafness is not necessarily a handicap. Deaf horses can be trained very effectively, and can perform as well as hearing horses.
|Splash is the least common of the spotting patterns in horses, although it is increasing in frequency as breeders use more and more splashed white horses in their breeding programs. It occurs sporadically in a number of widely divergent breeds, such as Welsh Ponies, Finnish Draft Horses,
Clydesdales, Icelandic Horses and Paints.
The pattern usually makes the horse look as though it has been dipped in white paint. On a dark horse, the effect can be that of an ice cream cone dipped in chocolate. The legs are usually white, as are the bottom portions of the body. The head is also usually white, and the eyes are frequently blue. http://www.apha.com/breed/geneticeq5.html
Splashed White shares a number of characteristics with the other Overo patterns, including ample facial white, white lower legs, and body white that starts on the belly and extends upward. It can sometimes resemble Tobiano as well, but is usually more of a reverse Tobiano pattern, with color over the topline and white below.
With experience, your eye will learn to recognize the differences.
The Base Colors: Red Black
The Genetic Modifiers: Agouti (Bay) Appaloosa Brindle Champagne Creme Dun Grey Pangare (Mealy) Roan Roan-like Variations Sooty White Patterns (Spots & Splashes) White Silver (Silver Dapples)