Originally Posted by Born2Ride
I asked about the HERDA, the dams never been tested, but I think the sire has (I believe it said so on there website). Anyways she told me if I wanted him tested shed mail me his hairs so I can have it done. Is it normal for the potential buyer to pay for the test, or should the owner. Also is testing for HERDA expensive?
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I could not find where their website said anything about HERDA and since sire AND dam are both line bred Poco Bueno, I would ask them again about the sire and if they say he's negative, I'd request a copy of his negative test along with the baby's tail hair to test him. The test is only $35 and very cheap compared to the heartbreak of HERDA. Here's a link to the lab: HERDA - Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia
I'm extremely saddened and I'll say it just once, disgusted, that they haven't tested the mare and may have bred her to another Poco Bueno descendant who may or may not have been tested and or disclosed. I also think a whole lot less of them for requiring YOU to do the testing if you want to be safe. As a buyer, that response right there would make me walk and NEVER look back. I don't care if the horse is a carrier, you can always geld him, but to not test and disclose results is absolutely irresponsible when dealing with genetic lethals. Here's a link to an article about HERDA if you're not familiar with it. HERDA