Genetics

Commentary

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

Article

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

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Animal Genetic Testing and Research Lab Gets New Name

February 25, 2016

The University of Kentucky Animal Genetic Testing and Research Laboratory has been renamed Genetic Testing at Gluck. ... Read More

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Is Sustainability a Heritable Trait in Thoroughbreds?

January 21, 2016

While environmental factors, such as nutrition and training, shape sustainability, genetics influence it, as well.... Read More

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Foal Sex, Gestation Length Heritable Through Mare Bloodlines

January 14, 2016

This marks the first time such a connection has been made in any mammalian species.... Read More

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Researchers Unlock Genetic Secrets of the Dun Coat Color

January 08, 2016

Recent study results reveal why the dun pattern does not appear in many domestic horses.... Read More

Commentary

Don't Judge a Horse by His (or Her) Color

December 31, 2015

Is there any proof behind the hot-blooded chestnut mare stereotype? An equine behaviorist weighs in.... Read More

Article

First Case of HERDA-like Disease in Warmbloods Identified

December 14, 2015

Researchers recently diagnosed the first homozygous case of Warmblood fragile foal syndrome (WFFS), a genetic disorder.... Read More

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Does the U.K. Performance Horse Industry Have a Color Bias?

October 23, 2015

Researchers observed a negative bias of block-colored and spotted horses, which could impact subjective evaluations.... Read More

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2016 UK Equine Showcase, Breeders' Short Course Scheduled

October 23, 2015

Lecture topics will include mare, stallion, and foal care; navicular syndrome; the digestive tract; and more.... Read More

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Researchers Partner for Studies on Standardbreds

September 16, 2015

Rutgers and University of Minnesota researchers are studying genetic factors underlying musculoskeletal diseases.... Read More

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'Gait Keeper' Gene Mutation Found in Trotting Horses

September 13, 2015

Researchers say the 'Gait Keeper' gene appears to be responsible for trotters' success in harness racing.... Read More

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French Researchers Work to Improve Horse Health, Welfare

September 07, 2015

The Hippolia Foundation unites equine research groups for better progress, improved funding opportunities, and more.... Read More

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Researchers Identify Wither Height Gene in Shetlands

August 30, 2015

A particular variant within the HMGA2 gene appears to be related to height determination, scientists determined. ... Read More

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Thinking Outside the Breeding Shed

June 17, 2015

Infertile mare? Deceased stallion? No problem! Equine reproduction is now high-tech enough to overcome these hurdles.... Read More

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The Equine Genetic Toolbox

May 27, 2015

Genetic testing reveals differences in an individual's DNA that result in traits from coat color to muscle function.... Read More

Article

The Equine DNA Roadmap

May 05, 2015

Find out what the equine genome can tell us about our horses and preventing genetic disease.... Read More

Commentary

Why are Two Siblings Out of the Same Mare so Different?

April 30, 2015

An equine behavior expert addresses contradictory characteristics between foals out of one mare born different years.... Read More

Article

How Your Horse Got His Color (And Why You Should Care)

April 28, 2015

A horse's coat color genetics are important not just for aesthetic reasons; they can also have health implications.... Read More

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Study: Genetic Differences in Racing, Cutting Quarter Horses

February 22, 2015

Researchers identified specific genes that distinguish racing-type Quarter Horses from cutting-type Quarter Horses.... Read More

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Genetic Disorders: Breed by Breed

February 11, 2015

By knowing what conditions certain horses are predisposed to, owners and breeders can take preventive steps.... Read More

Article

32 and My Horse

January 24, 2015

Ernie Bailey, PhD, believes consumer genetics companies could be valuable to the horse industry. Here's why.... Read More

Article

International Research Team to Map Disease Genes in Horses

January 03, 2015

Researchers from Kentucky and Denmark received a three-year, $155,000 grant from the Morris Animal Foundation.... Read More

Commentary

Equine Genetics: Looking to the Future

January 02, 2015

One researcher explains why he believes a central repository is needed for equine gene expression information.... Read More