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post #1 of 9 Old 09-18-2012, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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"Gaiting gene" has been identified!

Researchers in Sweden and the United States have identified the gene responsible for producing ambling gaits in horses. The single gene, called DMRT3, seems to affect the nerve cells critical for the control of gaits in horses.

You can read more here:
Single gene has major impact on gaits in horses and in mice

here:
One gait-keeper gene allows horses to move in unusual ways | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine

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Mutations in DMRT3 affect locomotion in horses and spinal circuit function in mice : Nature : Nature Publishing Group
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-18-2012, 09:12 AM
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-18-2012, 03:02 PM
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That's really cool.
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Very interesting.
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This is awesome!!
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-18-2012, 04:08 PM
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Very interesting! I wonder what it the differences are between horses of various gaiting breeds, and those that don't get that are of gaiting breeding.
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You mean to tell me i cant get a racking donkey? lol
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You mean to tell me i cant get a racking donkey? lol
Hey if you can teach a Mule to do dressage I'm sure it's feasible to teach a donkey to rack :-D lol
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-29-2012, 09:42 PM
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That is great.

Now if they can explain why breeds that have the gene and use to gait naturally have, in the past 40 or more years, started producing offspring that need to be taught to gait. I still have to wonder about that.

Will be even better if they come up with a way to introduce the gene into horses and cause them to become gaited . I'll sign my girls up for it. I miss the every so smooth ride of our old TW stallion or the smooth, natural pace of the ASB's I use to ride 35+ years ago. Especially Trinity the ASB gelding I use to ride in AZ.

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