Genetics

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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Researchers Study the Genetics of Trainability

May 20, 2016

Scientists found a gene that could identify superior tractability, or how easily a horse can be trained or controlled.... Read More

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Equine Genetics Researcher Lear Dies at 64

May 17, 2016

Teri Lear, PhD, worked on the Horse Genome Project, which resulted in the first map of a horse's genetic sequence.... Read More

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Study Identifies Genetic Risk Factors for Equine Abortions

May 15, 2016

This is the first study to identify a potential genetic, rather than environmental, cause for foal loss in mares.... Read More

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Do Equine Genetics Influence Behavior?

April 14, 2016

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian explains the role that genetics play in a horse's behavior.... Read More

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Study: Cardiac Recovery Time Identified as Heritable Trait

April 07, 2016

Selective breeding could lead to horses more tailored for endurance and improve welfare and performance, scientists say.... Read More

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UK Researchers Study MicroRNAs Throughout Gestation in Mares

March 25, 2016

MicroRNA, a small nonprotein coding gene, holds potential as a novel way to diagnose various diseases in the horse. ... Read More