Genetics

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Special Report: Racehorse Durability

July 24, 2008

In this exclusive report, The Blood-Horse investigates whether the Thoroughbred racehorse is as tough today as it was 30 to 40 years ago. Editors of The Blood-Horse recently sought the answer to this question by producing a... Read More

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AQHA Donates $50,000 to Genetic Research Fund

July 09, 2008

The American Quarter Horse Foundation recently donated $50,000 to Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) to advance equine health through MAF's Equine Consortium for Genetic Research (ECGR) project. The consortium includes 18 equine research institutes... Read More

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A Better Way?

July 01, 2008

Breeders willing to risk disease or injury for the traits they desire are at the heart of the problems we face today.

We've had bad news following bad news lately with the loss of some of the top horses in equestrian... Read More

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Summit Speakers Discuss Equine Reproductive Technology

June 05, 2008

Four speakers discussed advances in assisted reproduction to wrap up the session on the emerging science of horse breeding at the Kentucky International Equine Summit, held in Lexington, Ky., April 28-29. The speakers agreed that the key is not... Read More

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Genetic Concentration: Too Much of a Good Thing?

May 24, 2008

"For years we've taught the industry about reproduction, but we haven't taught about breeding," said Gary Carpenter, executive director of the American Quarter Horse Foundation during a roundtable at the International Equine Summit, held in... Read More

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First Foal Sired by Cloned Stallion Born

May 22, 2008

The first foal sired by a cloned stallion is now nearly a month old. The filly, named Pierazade du Vialaret, is the first get of stallion Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion, a clone of two-time World Champion endurance horse Pieraz.

The original... Read More

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Cataracts in Horses

May 06, 2008

Cataracts have been found to be heritable in Belgians, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Rocky Mountain Horses, and Quarter Horses. In other instances, cataracts can develop secondary to trauma or due to chronic inflammation from uveitis (moon blindness).... Read More

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First Offspring of an Equine Clone Born in Italy

April 29, 2008

Prometea, the blazed Haflinger who gained notoriety in 2003 as the world's first horse clone, has given birth to a colt. Today the Laboratorio di Tecnologie della Riproduzione (LTR) in Cremona, Italy, announced the March 17 arrival of Pegaso, who... Read More

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Uveitis: Medical and Surgical Treatment

April 19, 2008

Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) is like an autoimmune response, tending to be a dynamic process with shifts in immune reactivity that cause a waxing and waning of uveitis episodes.... Read More

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Carolina Horsemen Trying to Save Rare Breed

April 15, 2008

During centuries of isolation on the Carolina sea islands, the short-legged, sway-backed Marsh Tacky horses became perfectly suited for toiling long hours in the swamps and oppressive humidity.

But their wild looks and workhorse... Read More

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy: Blame It on the Genes

April 11, 2008

A genetic mutation in an enzyme called muscle glycogen synthase might be responsible for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM)--a debilitating and life-threatening disease in horses characterized by abnormally high glycogen (the storage form of... Read More

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Campaigns Work to Keep Endangered Draft Breeds Viable

March 28, 2008

Suffering dramatic drops in numbers of registered animals, several European draft horse breed societies are coming up with targeted promotional campaigns in order to keep their breeds alive.

In England, the critically endangered Suffolk is... Read More

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Hitting the Road for Education

February 01, 2008

Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More

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Retired Racehorses to Participate in Texas A&M Study

January 29, 2008

More than 100 horses currently being cared for by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will take part in a study at Texas A&M University that will attempt to identify genes in horses predisposed to fractures and catastrophic injuries... Read More

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The Genetics Revolution

January 13, 2008

Mapping the horse genome used to be a pie-in-the-sky type of wish for veterinary geneticists: Understanding the genetic makeup of the horse could help them unlock a plethora of equine health mysteries and improve horse care. It was a tough... Read More

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Curly Horse Farm Caters to Allergic Equestrians

January 05, 2008

Curly is on its way to becoming the fashion in France--not only in the hairdressers' salons, but in the stables, including a new equestrian center just north of the Riviera.

Since 2000, American Bashkir Curly breeding farms have been popping u... Read More

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Study: Light-Colored Horses at Higher Risk of Dying from West Nile Virus

January 03, 2008

Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada, recently published a study indicating that light-colored horses diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV) might be more likely to succumb to the disease than their... Read More

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Tobiano Gene Discoveries Mean Better Tests

December 01, 2007

Looking to breed for spots and have certainty about it?

Breeders trying to produce horses with tobiano coloring have a new tool, available through genetic research, to help them select their breeding stock.

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Good Genes: Genome Research has Broad Applications for Horse Health

November 29, 2007

Research into the equine genome is revealing the tiny source of many big problems affecting horses. Scientists received a whole new set of tools when the first version of the equine DNA sequence--the genetic code of horses, arranged into the... Read More

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New Research on PSSM Prevalence, Heritability in Progress

October 04, 2007

Researchers with the University of Minnesota have identified polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in 6-12% of overtly healthy Quarter Horses on six farms involved in a new study. They also said the disease could be more common within certain... Read More

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MAF Beginning First Phase of Equine Genetic Research Consortium

July 19, 2007

Equine scientists will begin developing a unique set of research tools that will lead to major advances in the health of horses worldwide through the Morris Animal Foundation's Equine Consortium for Genetic Research.

The Equine Consortium... Read More

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The Equine Genome: What it Means for the Future of Horse Health

July 17, 2007

The National Human Genome Research Institute announced the first assembly of the completed horse DNA sequence on Feb. 7, 2007. Why would a human health... Read More

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Glycogen-Branching Enzyme Deficiency (AAEP 2006)

July 16, 2007

Glycogen-branching enzyme deficiency, a genetic mutation affecting a particular glycogen-storage enzyme, is traced back to Quarter Horse sire King or his sire, Zantanon. Up to 8% of Quarter Horses and Paint horses carry the GBED defect. ... Read More