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White spotting coat colour genotypes affect the development of melanocytes.
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White spotting coat colour genotypes affect the development of melanocytes. Melanocytes produce melanin which is a dark pigment responsible for skin colour. Splashed white (SW) is a white spotting coat colour phenotype in horses characterised by loss of pigment.
SW horses are often characterised by a large broad blaze, white markings on the legs, variable white spotting on the belly and blue eyes.
An increased risk for deafness in horses with the splashed white and/or frame overo spotting phenotype has been described in literature.
Pubmed ID: 22511888
Omia ID: 1688