Genetics

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Do Equine Genetics Influence Behavior?

November 27, 2014

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian explains the the role that genetics play in a horse's behavior.... Read More

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Study: Epistaxis Has 'Complex Hereditary Basis'

November 18, 2014

Environment also to blame in exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage cases so severe that horses bleed from the nostrils.... Read More

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Using DNA to Predict a Horse's Athletic Potential

November 10, 2014

Learn about DNA profiling, or predicting a horse's athletic potential by evaluating that individual's genetic markers.... Read More

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Connecting the Dots: Recurrent Uveitis and Appaloosa Horses

November 04, 2014

Researchers found that markers on two chromosomes are associated with the risk of insidious equine recurrent uveitis.... Read More

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'Low-Density' Genotyping Could Benefit Owners, Researchers

October 26, 2014

Researchers say the more affordable technique could lead to a better understanding of diseases and disease processes.... Read More

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Genomics' Contribution to EVA Research and Beyond

October 25, 2014

Learn how genomics has impacted researchers' understanding of health conditions such as equine viral arteritis, or EVA.... Read More

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Genetic Conditions by Body System

October 14, 2014

This report includes genetic diseases known to affect horses and which breeds are most susceptible.... Read More

Pinto coloring looks as though someone has splashed white paint over an otherwise-colored horse, or colored paint over an otherwise-white horse, leaving large splotches (which are larger than an Appaloosa’s spots). Paint and pinto colors are controlled by several different genes and come in a variety of colors and combinations.

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Genetics, Health, and Equine Performance

July 31, 2014

University of Kentucky geneticist Dr. Ernest Bailey shares updated information about inheritance in horses.... Read More

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Researchers Link Gene Mutation to All Gaited Breeds

July 13, 2014

Researchers found the so-called Gait Keeper gene mutation in different gaited breeds across the planet.... Read More

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Researchers Study the Genetics of Heaves

June 16, 2014

Heaves appears to have a genetic basis, but one that varies between horses, Swiss researchers say.... Read More

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California Chrome's 'Chrome'

June 06, 2014

Learn about the science behind Triple Crown contender California Chrome's namesake--his white markings.... Read More

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HERDA's Impact on Tendons, Blood Vessels Studied

May 21, 2014

Researchers examined whether HERDA could affect tissues with high Type 1 collagen levels, such as tendons.... Read More

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Did The Silk Roads Help Shape Equine Genetics?

May 18, 2014

The Silk Roads opened the door for intercultural horse trading and breeding, researchers found.... Read More

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Examining Eye Issues in Silver Dapple Horses

May 13, 2014

Researchers found that ultrasound is a practical tool for investigating MCOA in silver dapple horses.... Read More

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Testing Available for Dwarfism Gene in Miniature Horses

April 24, 2014

The tests can identify for four aggrecan gene mutations associated with dwarfism in Miniature Horses. ... Read More

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Variations in Body Conformation

April 09, 2014

There is no one ideal body type; there are, however, conformation traits that can affect performance.... Read More

Nutrigenomics researchers are trying to uncover interactions between diet and gene expression

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What is Nutrigenomics?

April 07, 2014

The future of feeding horses is here: Learn how diet can impact your horse right down to his genetic core. ... Read More

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: John E. Eberth

March 29, 2014

Eberth's research focused on the genetics of dwarfism in the Miniature Horse.... Read More

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Gluck Foundation Releases Fifth Research Report

March 28, 2014

The report focuses on research accomplishments and scientific publications during the 2013 calendar year.... Read More

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Recognizing Equine Genetic Diseases in Practice

February 28, 2014

Dr. Teri Lear of the University of Kentucky presents chromosome abnormalities and inherited diseases in horses... Read More

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Is There a Genetic Basis for Horses' Personalities?

February 23, 2014

Study results suggest there's biologic evidence that a horse's personality is based on his genes.... Read More

Horses come in a variety of vivid coat colors, ranging from solid and static to multifaceted and ever-changing. These coat colors are controlled by complex genetics. Here, we showcase some common equine coat colors you might come across.

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Common Horse Coat Colors

February 12, 2014

Horses come in a variety of colors and patterns. Here are some of the basic ones you might come across.... Read More

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Growing Up: Estimating Adult Size

December 21, 2013

There is no specific formula for estimating foals' mature size that works in all instances.... Read More

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Genetics Behind Horses' Face and Leg Markings Studied

December 12, 2013

Researchers recently learned that white leg and face markings are the result of complex genetic processes.... Read More

Two genes mapping to the equine X chromosome (red and green dots), as seen on fluorescence in situ hybridization (or FISH) analysis. Researchers use this technique to evaluate horses' chromosomes for abnormalities.

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Equine Genetic Disorders Reviewed

December 05, 2013

Equine genetic diseases have distinct characteristics that help vets evaluate and diagnose suspect cases.... Read More