Genetics

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What Genetic Disorders are Breed Specific?

August 24, 2017

Dr. Ernest Bailey shares information about genetic diseases that related to specific breeds.... Read More

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Why Do Equine Genetic Disorders and Coat Color Seem Related?

August 24, 2017

Lavender foal, lethal white, blindness, and deafness are all color-related genetic problems. Dr. Brooks explains.... Read More

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What's the Difference Between a Dominant and Recessive Gene?

August 23, 2017

Dr. Samantha Brooks explains how dominant and recessive genes differ and how they are expressed in individual horses.... Read More

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Collecting a Horse DNA Sample

August 22, 2017

Dr. Ernest Bailey explains how to collect a DNA sample from your horse and how the lab tests it.... Read More

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Researchers Investigate Naked Foal Syndrome in Akhal-Tekes

August 18, 2017

Researchers say naked foal syndrome is related to a nonsense gene variant and appears to be unique to Akhal-Tekes.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Genetic Disease Testing

August 15, 2017

Of the 270 respondents, only 74 (27%) said they've had a horse tested for a genetic disorder or disease. ... Read More

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Understanding Equine Genetic Diseases

August 10, 2017

Research is offering more insight into inherited diseases and conditions in our horses.... Read More

Oriental horses are the male ancestors of modern European stallions.

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Study: Most Modern Horses Descendants of Oriental Stallions

July 17, 2017

The paternal lines of nearly all modern horses trace to stallions brought to Europe from Asia over the last 700 years.... Read More

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Genetics and Genomics in Racing: Speed Isn't Everything

July 12, 2017

Genetic and genomic research could help veterinarians diagnose disease early and select more targeted treatments.... Read More

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Stranger Things: A Sunken Eyelid

July 12, 2017

What could be the cause of this horse's strange eyelid indentation? ... Read More

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Genomewide Study Identifies Arabian Horses' Risk for EMS

July 03, 2017

Researchers say this seems to confirm lore that some horse breeds are more susceptible to EMS than others.... Read More

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It's All in the Genes: Horse Traits and Heritability

June 13, 2017

Scientists are continuing to uncover which genes are responsible for certain traits in horses.... Read More

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How Horse Genetics Relate to Equestrian Disciplines

June 08, 2017

A scientific basis behind breeding can allow for more informed decisions as horse breeding and equestrian sports evolve.... Read More

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Study: Spotted Horse Coats Lost Luster in Middle Ages

June 04, 2017

In the Middle Ages sorrel horses outnumbered all other coat colors, with bay and black following close behind.... Read More

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Scientists Study Rapidly Adaptive Horse Breed

June 01, 2017

The Yakutian horse made one of the fastest evolutionary adaptations known in large mammals, in just 800 years.... Read More

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Genetic Risk Factor for Equine Eye Cancer Identified

May 25, 2017

Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common cancer found in equine eyes and the second most common equine tumor overall. ... Read More

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