American Albino


COLOR The American White, regardless of breeding, must have pink skin and truly white coloring. No slight pigmentation of hair allowed. A few, small scattered spots are permissible. The various eye colors common to horses are acceptable including amber and very pale blue and parti-colored.
SIZE Many are in the 14 – 14.2hh range now.
WEIGHT The ideal mature weight of females is 1600 lb (725kg) and ideal mature weight of stallions is 1800-2000 lb (815 – 910 kg)
LIFE EXPECTANCY The breed is very long lived
ORIGIN United States
USES The American White Horse has proven to be very versatile and has been used for parades, shows, movies, driving, jumping, gymkhana competition, western and English pleasure, youth camp mount and handicapped riding programs.
INFLUENCE Quarter horse, Arabian, Morgan, or Thoroughbred
TEMPERAMENT They are relatively non-aggressive , intelligent, excellent disposition, willing

American albino description

To no surprise, the main physical characteristic of the American Albino is a white coat, white tail and mane, pink skin, and black, brown, or dark blue eyes. Outside of coloration, the American Albino is separated into a stock type horse, saddle horse type, and Arabian type, with separate categories for ponies.

Because the American Albino is actually a color breed, it can carry the characteristics of its sires, whether Quarter horse, Arabian, Morgan, or Thoroughbred. For the most part they are known to be smart, tractable and even tempered.

American albino history

While the „albino“ is a color and not a breed, the Albino, or white horse, has been given a registry in America. In days of old, white horses were reserved for queens and kings, the bravest knights, Indian chiefs and so on. Riding a pure white horse was a sign of high position or affluence. White horses were described in folklore and portrayed in early art as animals of tremendous endurance and beauty.

The American Albino Horse Association represents horses that are white. It was started to recognize offspring of a single white stallion named Old King, who had the reputation of producing many pink-skinned, white foals from solid-colored mares. Old King was purchased in 1918 and taken to a ranch in Naper, Nebraska. It was assumed that he was of Arab-Morgan ancestry, due to his conformation.

From 1918 to 1936, Caleb and Hudson Thompson, his owners started their venture with a herd of Morgan-bred mares to produce a breed of all-white horses. In 1936, they realized the need for a recording system wherein breeding records could be maintained for future guidance in their breeding program.

In 1937 the American Albino Horse Club was formed at the White Horse Ranch in Naper, Nebraska. Its object was to collect, preserve, and verify the pedigrees of the American Albino and to promote interest in the various types of the American Albino.

American albino health and genetic issues

Even still, the qualification of dark eyes requires parents who carry genes for off-color coats, thereby creating a 5 percent chance that the off-spring will carry some off-color.

White horses have unpigmented skin and a white hair coat. They are born white and remain this way throughout life. Most white horses have dark eyes, though some have blue eyes. Some white horses are born with partial pigmentation in their skin and hair, which may or may not be retained as they mature White coloring, whether White markings, white patterns or Dominant white are collectively known as depigmentation phenotypes, and all are caused by areas of skin that lack pigment cells. Depigmentation phenotypes have various genetic causes, and those that have been studied usually map to the EDNRB and KIT genes. However, much of the genetics behind various all-white depigmentation phenotypes is still unknown.

Lethal white syndrome is a genetic disorder linked to the “Frame” gene and most closely studied in the American Paint Horse. Affected foals are carried to term and at birth appear normal, though they have pink-skinned all-white or nearly-white coats and blue eyes.

However, the colon of these foals cannot function due to the absence of nerve cells, and the condition cannot be treated. Foals with Lethal White Syndrome invariably die of colic within 72 hours, and are usually humanely euthanized. Carriers of the gene, who are healthy and normal, can be identified by a DNA test. While carriers often exhibit the “frame overo” pattern, this is not a dispositive trait and testing is necessary, as the pattern can appear in a minimal form as normal white markings or be masked by other white spotting genes.

American albino fun facts

It is likely you have seen an American Albino. They are frequently used in circuses, fairs, movies, and advertising. What old-time Western movie would be complete without the good-guy riding his white horse into the sunset? Silver, the Lone Ranger’s horse, was an American Albino, as was Shiramyuki, the horse favored by Emperor Hirohito of Japan.