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palgal 03-07-2010 07:24 AM

need help tracking bloodlines
I am not sure where to ask this question in the forum. This seemed like the only place. I have a 16 year old Quarter Horse that has grown a very long shaggy coat for the past 3 years. He has been tested 3 times for Cushings with negative results. It does shed out in the spring. A few have suggested it could be his genetics and not to worry. Easily said than done. I was wondering how I can track his family history and maybe somehow see if there is that problem in his lines. I know I am probably grasping at straws but just thought it was worth a try. Thanks for any input. He shows no other signs of Cushings disease.

Eastowest 03-07-2010 07:36 AM

If you call AQHA with his sire and dam's registered names and/or numbers, you can ask for the name and address of their last recorded owners. (Hopefully its current info-- AQHA can't guarantee it because people don't always update addresses etc., but its a start anyway.) Then you could drop them a note-- might be able to google up some phone numbers-- and ask your questions about the bloodlines.

AQHA Customer Service--- (806) 376-4811

I am not sure what your vet was saying though--if he/she said not to worry because it could just be his genetics, is he/she saying that long shaggy coats as a horse ages might just be a family trait rather than a problem?

palgal 03-07-2010 07:51 AM

Yes, he suggested it may be a family trait. Another vet wants me to treat him for Cushings even with all the negative results. I hate to do that if he is ok. I have heard so many opinions and it is frustrating. I have tried to contact the person I bought him from (moved or unlisted) but i do have his papers with the breeders name. I should have thought of that myself. oh well thanks, hopefully I will be able to contact him. I feel silly now. Thanks

PaintHorseMares 03-07-2010 10:12 AM


Originally Posted by palgal (Post 571127)
Another vet wants me to treat him for Cushings even with all the negative results.

I certainly wouldn't take that route. All our mares' winter coats are different, and our youngest Paint mare goes from very short in the summer to long and wavy every winter.

Eastowest 03-07-2010 02:54 PM

i too would be hesitant to treat with multiple negative test results. Does he show any other of the Cushings symptoms?

palgal 03-07-2010 09:28 PM

He shows no other signs of Cushings and he sheds out by June and looks beautiful.

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