The Genetics of Champagne Coloring

May 26, 2007

The champagne gene is a dominant dilution gene, first documented in 1996 by Philip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD, of Virginia Tech and Ann Bowling, PhD, of UC Davis. Prior to this the champagne gene was often misidentified. Many champagnes were... Read More


Endangered Marsh Tacky Horses DNA Tested for Conservation

May 23, 2007

The Carolina Marsh Tacky herd can trace its heritage back to the Civil War.... Read More


Appaloosa Project Researchers Investigate the Science of Spots

April 27, 2007

The Appaloosa Project is a research initiative being conducted by a team of researchers from Canada and the United States. It is a long-term effort designed to identify and isolate the main genes responsible for Appaloosa patterning, and to... Read More


Va. Tech Researcher Using Genetics to Preserve Rare Breeds

February 17, 2007

A professor of pathology and genetics at the Virginia-Maryland Regional School of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., has been working for more than 30 years to help save a rare breed of horses.

Colonial Spanish horses were the horse... Read More


Genome Sequence will Benefit Performance Horse Breeding, Management

February 15, 2007

The newly completed equine genome sequence will be an invaluable asset for those looking to breed and manage the ideal equine athlete, as well as giving researchers a whole new set of tools for investigating equine disease, according to... Read More


Horse Genome Map Complete

February 09, 2007

The first genome map of a horse is complete, providing scientists with a new set of tools for investigating equine disease, scientists at the Broad Institute, a part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the National Human Genome... Read More


Horse Genome Assembled; Information Available to Researchers

February 07, 2007

The first draft of the horse genome sequence has been deposited in public databases and is freely available for use by biomedical and veterinary researchers around the globe, leaders of the international Horse Genome Sequencing Project announced... Read More


Equestrian Services, LLC and John Lyons Partner to Create Equestrian Facility

November 06, 2006

Equestrian Services, LLC, the provider of turn-key equestrian amenities for communities and resorts throughout the United States, announces its partnership with internationally-recognized trainer John Lyons, "America's Most Trusted Horseman," to... Read More


Clues to Blue Eyes

October 01, 2006

Now that the foal has safely made its way into the world, the breeder starts inventorying exactly what she has in front of her: a colt. Strong Quarter Horse body. Three small white socks and a broad blaze down the center of his face. One blue eye.... Read More


Equids Quick to Evolve

September 24, 2006

Researchers with the University of Bari in Italy have discovered that equids, and particularly donkeys, evolved at a rapid pace. Their study was published in the June issue of Genomics.

The researchers came this conclusion after... Read More


Football Star Faces Fines After Dogs Kill Miniature Horse

September 22, 2006

Two dogs owned by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter got off his fenced property and killed a miniature horse on a nearby farm, leading to citations that carry several hundred dollars in potential fines.

Porter's dogs, a pit bull an... Read More


Report from Horse Genome Mapping Workshop

September 12, 2006

The horse genome mapping workshop was held on Aug. 22 in Port Seguro, Brazil. The chair of the workshop welcomed all attendees and presenters (totalling about 200 persons), and introduced the program. During the session, Dr. Domenico Bernoco... Read More


Horse Genome Map in the Works

September 01, 2006

A Thoroughbred mare will soon join the human, mouse, dog, and other species on the list of mammals whose genomes have been sequenced and mapped. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is currently working on a high-level equine... Read More


Genome Chosen as $2.5-Million Consortium Project

September 01, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) and the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine (UM) announced on Aug. 9 that the foundation has committed to raise $2.5 million over five years to fund the consortium project titled "Program in Equin... Read More


Equine Medical Genetics Chosen as $2.5-Million Consortium Project

August 14, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) and the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine (UM) jointly announced on Aug. 9 that the foundation has committed to raise $2.5 million over five years to fund the top-ranked consortium project... Read More


Morris Animal Foundation to Raise $2.5M for University of Minnesota-Lead Consortium

August 10, 2006

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) selected the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine to receive funding for the first ever Equine Consortium for Genetic Research grant. The goal of the grant is to bring together the world's best... Read More


Third Consultant Deems Arlington Park Surface Safe

August 10, 2006

Tests performed Aug. 8-9 on the main track at Arlington Park have determined the Illinois track is consistent and safe for racing.

"I would not expect the track to be a significant factor in either fractures or soft tissue injuries," sai... Read More


Owners of Endangered Equine Breeds Asked to Participate in Research Study

August 03, 2006

The Equus Survival Trust, working to save endangered equine breeds, invites you to participate in an equine genome research project, carried out at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M... Read More


Horse Genome Sequence in the Works

July 31, 2006

"It puts a whole new set of tools in's as if you are farmers that are used to relying on plows pulled by a draft animal, and all the sudden you have tractors," says Jamie MacLeod, VMD, PhD, professor of veterinary science and Knight... Read More


Horse Added to Broad's Genome Stable

July 31, 2006

Scientists will complete high-quality genome sequence of the horse together with a catalogue of genetic differences across diverse horse breeds

Long prized for its physical prowess, the horse has filled diverse and instrumental roles in... Read More


University of Kentucky Researchers Play Role in Horse Genome Sequencing Project

July 21, 2006

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announced Wednesday (July 21) that it has added the horse genome to it latest sequencing targets, a project expected to provide powerful new scientific strategies and methods for research on... Read More


Agency Announces Genome Sequencing Approval

July 20, 2006

(edited press release)

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), yesterday (July 19) announced they approved the genome sequencing of the horse to "high-density genome... Read More


Degenerative Ligament Disease Reaches Beyond the Limbs

July 11, 2006

Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered that degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD), a common disorder in horses once thought to involve only ligaments in the legs, actually... Read More


Landmark DNA Sequencing to Begin

July 01, 2006

The same government agency that completed the human genome in 2003 has identified the horse as a probable target for future DNA sequencing research. While a final decision will be announced in the near future, the Broad Institute, a member of the... Read More


Rare Cleveland Bay Stallion to Visit Kentucky Horse Park

June 12, 2006

Tregoyd Journeyman, a rare Cleveland Bay stallion, and a model for a new Breyer horse figure, will be presented at the Kentucky Horse Park during BreyerFest, July 28-30. The Cleveland Bay is considered a "critically endangered" breed... Read More