Genetics

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It's All in the Genes: Horse Traits and Heritability

June 13, 2017

Scientists are continuing to uncover which genes are responsible for certain traits in horses.... Read More

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How Horse Genetics Relate to Equestrian Disciplines

June 08, 2017

A scientific basis behind breeding can allow for more informed decisions as horse breeding and equestrian sports evolve.... Read More

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Study: Spotted Horse Coats Lost Luster in Middle Ages

June 04, 2017

In the Middle Ages sorrel horses outnumbered all other coat colors, with bay and black following close behind.... Read More

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Scientists Study Rapidly Adaptive Horse Breed

June 01, 2017

The Yakutian horse made one of the fastest evolutionary adaptations known in large mammals, in just 800 years.... Read More

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Genetic Risk Factor for Equine Eye Cancer Identified

May 25, 2017

Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common cancer found in equine eyes and the second most common equine tumor overall. ... Read More

Testing for the dwarfism and hydrocephaly mutations before breeding can help ensure a healthy foal results.

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Friesian Dwarfism, Hydrocephaly Genetic Tests Available

April 28, 2017

Genetic Testing at Gluck is offering tests to identify carriers of the dwarfism and hydrocephaly mutations.... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome: Is There a Genetic Link?

April 26, 2017

Certain breeds seem more susceptible to EMS. Dr. Amanda Adams shares information about possible genetic links.... Read More

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Behind the Coat: Equine Color Genetics Revealed

March 12, 2017

Dr. Annette McCoy explains how horse color is a great example of something called "simple inheritance."... Read More

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MSTN Gene: Not Just for Evaluating Racehorse Potential

February 15, 2017

The gene appears to affect horses' muscular ability to carry out specific gaits, such as the tolt in Icelandics.... Read More

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My Mustang Isn't Who I Thought She Was

February 13, 2017

A DNA test offers Alayne surprise answers to questions about her BLM mustang's ancestry.... Read More

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The UK Genetic Testing and Research Lab

January 31, 2017

Learn about equine genetic testing available from the University of Kentucky from Kathryn Graves, PhD.... Read More

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Scientists Find Genes Behind Crooked Legs in Shetland Ponies

January 18, 2017

A hereditary disease--skeletal atavism--leads to disturbed skeletal development and usually requires euthanasia.... Read More

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Evolution of Italy's Horse Breeds Studied

January 05, 2017

Italian horses are product of diversity coming from across Europe, Asia, and northern Africa, researchers found.... Read More

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What's Behind a Horse of a Different Color?

December 29, 2016

Gene variations in individual horses can result in an unexpected color for a certain breed or mating.... Read More

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Genetic Mutation Behind Albino Donkeys Pinpointed

December 15, 2016

A missense mutation is behind the donkeys' lack of pigmentation, researchers learned.... Read More

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Scientists Find Gene Behind Equine Sex Development Disorder

December 01, 2016

Androgen receptor gene mutations can make a male fetus develop as a structurally sound filly, at least on the outside.... Read More

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Researchers Reveal Chinese Horses' Origins

November 17, 2016

The modern Chinese horse originated from horses introduced to China from elsewhere, as well as local stock.... Read More

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Genetics of Professionals', Amateurs' Show Jumpers Compared

October 12, 2016

A French genetics team determined a common breeding pool is not only realistic but also preferable.... Read More

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Advancements in Understanding Genomics and Horses

October 09, 2016

Genomic tools could help address horse health problems that couldn't be resolved with earlier technologies.... Read More

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Pandora's Box: Equine Genomics

October 08, 2016

"Genomics" covers all aspects of genes, including structure and function. Here's what equine researchers are learning.... Read More

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Do Nervous Mares Have Nervous Foals?

September 07, 2016

Behaviorist Dr. Sue McDonnell shares research-based insight into how a mare's temperament might influence her foal.... Read More

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12 Miniature Horse Health Risks

July 26, 2016

While small in size, Minis have the same health needs and risks as other breeds, as well as a number of unique issues. ... Read More

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Variations in Body Conformation

June 27, 2016

There is no one ideal body type; there are, however, conformation traits that can affect performance.... Read More

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A Closer Look at Genetic Testing in Horses

June 26, 2016

Scientists are learning more about horses' DNA and how mutations impact health, behavior, performance, and more.... Read More

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Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

June 14, 2016

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say.... Read More