The First Touch Gentling Your Mustang
Lesley works with 3 wild
horses at a BLM adoption, and very clearly explains what is
happening, what she is doing, & what she sees in each horse
as it progresses. Study this video and you can learn
"pressure and release" gentling techniques to gentle your
own new mustang!
Help for Burro adopters! Crystal Ward
All the basics of gentling,
handling, and training. A MUST for new burro adopters!
Good for domestic donkeys, too!
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
Minimal to Moderate Splash
legs and head look as if they have been dipped into white paint;
Large blaze or apron on face;
At least some white on legs.
(example: Gamblin' Man, above): look as if the horse had waded out into deep white paint, splashed it up around their sides, and then dunked
its head, bottom of the neck and sometimes ears in for a drink.
Legs are white
Smooth edges to white areas
One or two blue eyes are common but not necessary
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.
SABINO vs. SPLASH
Face white on sabino can be extensive
Splash looks like the head dunked into a pail of white paint
The white patterns of Sabino are lacy and irregular
Leg white is jagged, "lightning bolt" shaped
Splash is bold, smooth-edged
FRAME vs SPLASH
This BLM mustang shows body spotting is typical of Frame - the tall jagged stockings and the wide face white suggest perhaps also sabino
www.pmufoalquest.com This PMU foal illustrates how the white pattern on a Splash horse is bolder, less lacy, jagged but smoother-edged than either Frame or Sabino. This foal's dark legs are inconsistent with pure Splash - may be Frame, or a combination of the two.
TOBIANO vs SPLASH
Tobiano's white areas are rounded, with white crossing over the topline.
Both Tobiano and Splash usually have white legs
With Splash the white starts at the belly and pours upward, staying below the topline except above the withers - sometimes resembling a reverse Tobiano
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