I has starting thinking about thoroughbred racehorses and genetics and wondering if things like bowed tendons are somehow genetically linked. It seems like they may be. Not in that the bowed tendon itself is genetically related, but the ability of the horse to run different distances compared to what is asked of the horse may influence rate of injuries.
I wonder how this will be used in the thoroughbred industry. Will this be something that some people will want to start testing for, especially on the high end side of the business?
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I'd love to see evaluations for these genes in the population of event horses, both TB and TBx. And somehow linked to successful competition.
You know that the high end TB people are fascinated. John Sparkman has blogged about the testing that has just been offered by some of the researchers on these studies and funded by the Irish TB governing body.
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