Horse Genotyping

Horse Genotyping and Breed Testing

HOOF-it Blogger

As horse lovers, we often find ourselves wanting to know more about our beloved equine friends. Studying equine genetics is a fantastic way to get a closer look at our horses’ health; continue reading to learn more about horse genotyping and breed testing.

What is Genotyping?

Genotyping is the process of studying DNA to determine with genetic variants are possessed. Just as our genes have an effect on our hair and eye color, a horse’s genes have an effect on its breed and coat color.

Why Are Genes Important?

Genetics can often have a potential effect on future performance, health, and potential genetic diseases; this is why genetics are so important to horse breeders.

 

Genetic testing is often used to examine and “predict” the following:

  • Coat color
  • Coat pattern
  • Genetic predisposition to certain diseases
  • Parentage and lineage
  • Performance potential

Identifying predispositions to genetic mutations and diseases is perhaps one of the most important aspects of genetic testing; being able to proactively identify health conditions allows a proactive approach that can help minimize or even eliminate future issues that your horse may face.

As genetic testing becomes simplified and less expensive, it is gaining popularity throughout the equestrian community.

HOOF-it: Best Online Equine Hoof Care Store

For all things equine hoof care, trust in Hoof-It.

We proudly offer a wide range of products, from horseshoes and hoof stands to ice packs and tools. Check out our inventory today!

For more informative equestrian blogs, check out our Blog page.

 

 

Related Posts

USING A VETERINARIAN VS. EQUINE DENTISTRY
USING A VETERINARIAN VS. EQUINE DENTISTRY
You notice one day that your horse seems to be dropping grain out of his mouth as he’s trying to chew, having undiges...
Read More
HOOF-it Exhibits at the BETA International
HOOF-it Exhibits at the BETA International
BETA International Birmingham England HOOF-it® lunches the new Blacksmith Pro at the BETA International Show. ...
Read More
5 exercises for a better seat
5 exercises for a better seat
A good and effective seat allows us to communicate with our horses when we ride. No matter what tack your horse wears...
Read More