Originally Posted by Muppetgirl
Ok this is good! I feel like I'm getting educated! If a person were to look at an Arab to purchase, what should one REALLY look for, apart from typical PPE stuff.....also are there any health or genetic predispositions to watch for (eg. Like Impressive lines in QHs) ........what do you look for, test for, and what do you avoid?
CA - Cerebellar Abiotrophy - Found in any type of Arabian. Two carriers will, 99% of the time, result in a dead foal. My guy in my avatar is by *Ecaho ( N/CA) and MS Adrianna Bey (N/CA) and of the roughly 3500 horses listed, he is only one of four (last time I checked) that is CA N/N out of two carrier parents.
N/N - CA Clear
N/CA - CA Carrier
CA/CA - CA Affected
List of horses posted: CA MAIN Status List
SCID - Severe Combined Immunodeficiency - Once again found is all types of Arabians. Foals are born with severly affected immune systems.
LFS - Lavender Foal Syndrome - Most often found only in Straight Eygptian Arabians, and is an inherited neurological disease.
Those ones are specficially Arabian related, but you can get other's that are found in all other breeds such as GPT, JIE, and OAAM.
EVERY one of these diseases are able to be verified by genetic testing.
If you don't test and breed two carriers, you don't have much to watch for because you'll have a dead foal 99% of the time. Careful research and testing prior to breeding will prevent any affected foals, just like testing for Lethal White.