Genetics

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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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Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

June 14, 2016

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say.... 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

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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

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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

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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