September 15, 2009
Established in 1986 as the Horse Bloodtyping Laboratory, the University of Kentucky Animal Genetic Testing and Research Lab (AGTRL) offers a number of testing services of value to practitioners, horse owners, and breed registries.
After... Read More
August 15, 2009
The horse industry in the United States is diverse. Horses are used for racing, competitive riding, showing, recreational riding, and working cattle. Today the number of horses in the United States is estimated at 9.2 million, down from 21... Read More
August 10, 2009
Not only can Thoroughbreds provide hours of entertainment for racing enthusiasts, they could also play an invaluable role in understanding obesity and Type 2 diabetes in humans, reports a group of Irish researchers.
"Over the past 400... Read More
August 07, 2009
DNA-based assays have enabled researchers to look at reproductive disorders from a genetic standpoint. ... Read More
August 04, 2009
This is the 2009 Statement on Genetic Defects released by the American Association of Equine Practitioners. It was approved in July 2009.
Congenital defects include all... Read More
July 16, 2009
A Przewalski's horse foal was one of three rare animals born the evening of July 9 at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park Conservation and Research Center (CRC) in Front Royal, Va. On the same night, the Park also welcomed a clouded leopard cu... Read More
June 23, 2009
Two riders setting off on a journey around the world are also looking to compile the world's first complete equine genetic library through the unprecedented application of "crowd-sourcing." Every horse owner is encouraged to participate by sending... Read More
June 20, 2009
During a three-year study on articular (joint) cartilage maturation, researchers at the Gluck Equine Research Center used new genetic techniques to investigate how joint cartilage changes between newborn foals and young adult horses.
It is... Read More
May 23, 2009
Horses can be born with cataracts due to developmental or heritable causes--known as congenital cataracts. Foals with cataracts often present very early in life, usually at 1 to 2 months of age. Typically, the owners will notice the whiteness in... Read More
May 07, 2009
Megaesophagus, a chronic dilation of the esophagus, appears to occur at an atypically high rate in Friesians.... Read More
April 22, 2009
Chromosomes are large segments of DNA wound around special proteins within each cell's nucleus. They contain nearly all of the body's genetic material. Horses have 64 chromosomes (or 32 pairs) including the two sex chromosomes (XY in males and X... Read More
April 02, 2009
What makes your horse different from the horse in the next stall? Why doesn't a Kentucky Derby contender walk like a Budweiser Clydesdale? Why don't either of them look like
March 13, 2009
Polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) is a metabolic muscle problem found in at least 20 breeds, including Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, and drafts. An affected horse suffers bouts of exertional rhabdomyolysis (tying-up), muscle tremors... Read More
March 03, 2009
Tissues from both the recipient and donor mare, as well as from the two stillborn foals, were submitted for microsatellite analysis. The analysis verified that the foals had identical genotypes and resulted from the transferred embryo.... Read More
March 02, 2009
Researchers at Cornell University announced plans to conduct a new study focused on Lavender Foal Syndrome/Coat Color Dilution Lethal (LFS/CCDL). The project, led by Samantha Brooks, PhD, and in collaboration with Doug Antczak, VMD, PhD, and Don... Read More
February 28, 2009
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) of Aurora, Colo., has established an Arabian Horse Association task force on genetic diseases. The task force was created under the direction of and announced by AHA President Lance Walters.
"The... Read More
February 12, 2009
The international Equine Consortium for Genetic Research (ECGR), established by Morris Animal Foundation (MAF), is making major inroads into determining the locations of genes that cause specific disease traits in horses. The ECGR is a worldwide... Read More
January 19, 2009
The American Quarter Horse Association's Executive Committee has approved recommendations from the Animal Welfare Assurance Task Force, and the association is moving forward to implement the suggestions.
The association's main objectives ar... Read More
January 17, 2009
Florida-based pinhooker Christy Whitman bought what she thought was a unique yearling during the fifth session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages auction, and she's hoping that shoppers at a future sale will be attracted by his white... Read More
December 29, 2008
After witnessing a rare (and unsuccessful) infanticide attack by a stallion on a one-hour-old foal, behavior researcher Meeghan Gray, PhD, from the University of Nevada, Reno, reported findings from the macabre event.
"In this first report... Read More
December 15, 2008
An Arabian horse breeding operation announced a stallion is a carrier of cerebellar abiotrophy. ... Read More
November 25, 2008
Equine Guelph is offering a new online course in equine genetics. The 12-week course will provide the tools, techniques, and knowledge necessary to develop an understanding of the important role that genetics plays in the equine industry.... Read More
November 15, 2008
A carbon copy of one of the world's most successful barrel horses has become the first clone to be offered at stud in the United States.
"Clayton" is the clone of the AQHA gelding Gills Bay Boy, or Scamper, as he is better known. Scamper an... Read More
November 13, 2008
For many years, veterinarians and horse owners have described the collection of eye anomalies associated with silver dapple color as anterior segment dysgenesis (ASD), because of the apparent similarities to anterior segment lesions ... Read More
October 09, 2008
The latest Horse Course from the University's of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center and Gluck Equine Research Center and presented by Fort Dodge Animal Health is now available for viewin... Read More
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