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    10-17-2010, 08:18 AM
Green Broke
I've seen this come up on several threads lately - has there been some new development in horse DNA testing I am not aware of? Last I understood it, there is no DNA test out there that can DETERMINE breeds or mixes thereof in horses. The only DNA testing currently done on horses is to prove parentage - by matching the DNA profiles of get to the DNA profiles of sires/dams.

Gidget, to me your horse looks like a QH type paint. Not all of them have smaller babydoll heads, just like not all walkers have big jugheads and not all arabs have tiny little dish-faces. I don't see any reason to assume she is mixed with anything - particularly not that little bit of fuzzies on her feet.
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    10-17-2010, 08:34 AM
Indy, you may be right about DNA testing. It's routinely done for parentage and it can be done in dogs to determine breed. I mistakenly made the connection that breeds can be tested for in horses too.

That being said, it can be next to impossible to determine the mix in horses due to the variations within any particular breed. All anyone can say for certain is that a horse "looks like it can be...".
    10-17-2010, 09:31 AM
The dog test (there's not a horse one) is HIGHLY unreliable. It often says obviously purebred dogs are mixes of a breed that they are obviously not ;)
    10-17-2010, 04:26 PM
Green Broke
Thanks guys :)

Always learning!
    10-17-2010, 04:35 PM
Yep, the amount of feathering varies greatly even within a chosen breed. Some QH will have none at all and others will have great heavy feathers. What your girl has is about typical for most stock breeds.
    10-17-2010, 04:51 PM
Then what do you call the long hair on the back of the fetlock?

It may not be correct but here in AUS everyone I know just calls it feathers :]

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