Genetic testing the equine way

Genetic testing the equine way

Did you know that an analysis of your horse’s DNA could provide valuable information you might not know otherwise?

It’s true that genetic tests can confirm a horse’s breed or help pair mares and stallions when aiming for certain coat colors and patterns in foals. But some genetic tests can even identify hidden medical conditions.

Markers for equine behavior and performance can also be revealed during genetic testing. For example, a horse’s ability to learn and her level of curiosity are under a degree of genetic control. Your horse’s genetic map — or genotype — may also indicate whether she’s better suited for endurance riding, dressage or something else.

All a genetic lab requires for testing is a sample of hair from your horse’s mane or tail. And although results don’t provide a crystal ball, they just might enhance your horse’s welfare.

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