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    02-17-2013, 09:45 PM
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Weanling
horse breed testing.

There is no dna tests for horses to see what breed or breeds they are crossed with correct?

I know certian registeries will dna test to see if a horse qualifies for thay registery. But theres no single test that determines the breed if you have absoulty no clue what the gorse may be?

Or am I wrong.
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    02-17-2013, 10:19 PM
  #2
Cat
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Dr. Cothran does this testing. He started at Kentucky University and took the test with him to Texas A&M.

It costs $25. Typically done for mustangs but I recently asked about other grades and I was told that yes they will test for those too. I believe you need 35 mane or tail hairs with the roots still attached.
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    02-17-2013, 10:21 PM
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Showing
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Dr. Cothran does this testing. He started at Kentucky University and took the test with him to Texas A&M.

It costs $25. Typically done for mustangs but I recently asked about other grades and I was told that yes they will test for those too. I believe you need 35 mane or tail hairs with the roots still attached.
Interesting. I'm going to try this with Aires when I've got the money. Would he interested to see what they say he is/if they get it right, since I know exactly what he is (and his pedigree on both sides).
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    02-17-2013, 10:44 PM
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Showing
Huh, I had no idea that anyone was doing that. I figured someone could, with genetic knowledge being what it is, but I didn't know if your average person could have a horse tested for breed like they can for color.

Very fascinating.

Makes me wonder though if they can differentiate between the different stock breeds like QH, Paint, Appy, even TB...since they've all been so inter-bred for so many generations.
     
    02-17-2013, 11:09 PM
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Cat
Green Broke
My understanding is that it depends. Sometimes there are very clear markers and they can say the horse is made up of xyz breed while other times it is general types. But for $25 I think I will get mine tested eventually.
     
    02-18-2013, 01:17 PM
  #6
Weanling
Thanks. Id love to know my horses breed. I get asked too often
What breed he is bc everyone loves his personality and looks
And I can't tell them or give the breed /breeds credit because idk what
He is. My guess is paint with something elese but id love
To just know for sure


Is there a website or number to order a test?
     
    02-18-2013, 01:20 PM
  #7
Weanling
Lol I just realized it said gourse instead of horse on my firsy post. I hate using my phone :/
     
    02-20-2013, 01:24 AM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by Cat    
Dr. Cothran does this testing. He started at Kentucky University and took the test with him to Texas A&M.

It costs $25. Typically done for mustangs but I recently asked about other grades and I was told that yes they will test for those too. I believe you need 35 mane or tail hairs with the roots still attached.
Interesting. I am going to look into this! After a reasonably extensive search and contacting people, I could not find any breed dna testing for my needs, which seemed really odd since it is available for quite a few dog breeds. I have nothing against dogs, mind you, but w/o horses this country would not be on the map. It is available for the so called spanish mustangs, yes..but I couldn't locate anything for a specific breed w/o matching those on a given registry - which is of no use to me. I am 99% certain I am correct about a specific breed in my mares lineage...but I want to remove all doubt.
     
    02-20-2013, 02:32 AM
  #9
Yearling
Breed testing is a pretty iffy. I remember doing breed testing on dogs while I worked in a vet clinic as the doctor wanted to test out the possibility. We tested AKC registered purebreds and mutt. All dogs came up with mutts pedigrees.

I remember a pure German Shepard came back 70% German Shepard and then I remember 20% being Shiba Inu. The other 10% was break down of a ton of random breeds. Sometimes they get a little bit right, but on the other hand they can be WAY off with the smaller percentages.

I think it may be cool for $25 but I wouldn't trust it 100%.
     
    02-20-2013, 03:58 AM
  #10
Foal
I don't understand how they could test for breed. It's not like there's a genetic marker for each breed like there is for something like color.
Only way I can wrap my mind around it is if there were a huge database of genetic markers which are characteristic to each breed, against which a horse's genetic code could be compared. But even that doesn't seem plausible with how many different breeds there are and how much variation there is within a breed and how many similarities there are between different breeds.
I just can't fathom how breed (horse or dog) could be accurate or even legitimate.
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