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


Breed the Best to the Best

April 11, 2006

Genomics is a buzz word, even among scientists. The term genomics includes the entire complement of chromosomes, genes, and DNA sequences that make up humans and animals. Technological advances during the last 15 years have led to the entire... Read More


Microchips, Equine Genomics on Horse Council Agenda

March 11, 2006

The American Horse Council 2006 National Issues Forum will feature an all-day meeting of the Equine Species Working Group as well as a discussion on equine genomics, funding for which could be included in the next farm bill authored by... Read More


Genome Sequencing

February 01, 2006

In 1991, Eliane Marti, Dr. Med. Vet., published a study as a graduate student in Switzerland, showing that chronic hypersensitivity bronchitis (a.k.a. heaves) had a strong hereditary component among Swiss horses. She meticulously defined the... Read More


Researchers Examine Racehorses' DNA

October 18, 2005

Researchers from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in Hatfield and Cambridge University in England, plan to extract DNA from the bones of three of history's greatest Thoroughbred racehorses--Eclipse, Hermit, and St. Simon. Details of the... Read More


Equine Genetic Disease: Who's At Risk?

October 01, 2005

Many DNA sequence variations are fine; they just give rise to the broad spectrum of colors, sizes, and other characteristics we see in the horse population. Some variations, however, cause problems. These might range from a genetic predisposition... Read More


Company Offers Commercial Cloning

October 01, 2005

A San Francisco, Calif., company announced in late July its intention to clone one individual's horse for profit, at a cost of $367,593 for implanting clone embryos into 100 mares plus additional patent royalties based on the number of clones... Read More


GBED Linked to Quarter Horse Bloodlines

March 29, 2005

Glycogen-branching enzyme disorder (GBED) has likely been a cause of neonatal mortality in Quarter Horses for decades, according to Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, who gave an update on her research on the disorder at the recent conference of the... Read More


Progress in Solving the Horse Genome Puzzle

March 24, 2005

Equine researchers around the world are gearing up for the sixth International Equine Genome Workshop, to be held in Dublin, Ireland, this summer. The meeting will allow participating scientists to move one step closer to achieving their... Read More


HC/HERDA Research

February 13, 2005

In horses with HC, the skin separates between the deep and superficial dermis. There is no cure. A DNA test for carrier identification is not yet available, and therefore, managed breeding strategy is currently the only option for reducing the incide... Read More


Is Arthritis Genetic?

November 01, 2004

Q: My 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare was diagnosed with arthritis about a year ago. She competed in low-level horse trials for about six years and only recently began to show signs of arthritis, but 14 seems to be a little young... Read More


Fatal Genetic Quarter Horse Disease Identified

June 09, 2004

Glycogen branching enzyme deficiency in Quarter Horses might cause unexplained stillbirths/deaths of foals.... Read More


Stallion Infertility and the Y Chromosome

May 04, 2004

Environmental factors, management, and genetics all play a part in determining a stallion's fertility. Bhanu P. Chowdhary, BVSc, AH, MVSc, PhD, associate professor in animal genomics at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine,... Read More


Feeding HYPP Horses

May 01, 2004

Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP) horses need careful dietary management to reduce attacks.... Read More


Joint Injections: A Good Idea?

May 01, 2004

Joint injections are a popular treatment used to help sport horses combat problems such as osteoarthritis.... Read More


HERDA: Not Just Skin Deep

April 01, 2004

Today, it is primarily through Poco Bueno's bloodline that the recessive gene that causes hyperelastosis cutis (HC) has passed. In some scientific circles, the disease is called hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA).... Read More


AQHA Board of Directors Votes on Key Rule Changes at Convention

March 11, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association Board of Directors voted Tuesday on the recommendations of the AQHA standing committees as approved in the general membership meeting. The following is the final results of the vote regarding hyperkalemic... Read More


AQHA Statement on HC/HERDA

March 08, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) statement regarding hyperelastosis cutis (HC) or hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA): 

1. AQHA is aware of the condition known as hereditary equine regional... Read More