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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb. 3, 2005
    Black & white cow country

    Default DNA testing for breed determination?

    Does anyone know if this service is available for horses yet? I see it advertised for dogs all the time, and my aunt had her dog tested through whatever service is offered at Petco and it seemed pretty accurate.

    I have a grade mare who I would LOVE to know her breed or mix of breeds. She's 19 now, so I hope if it's not available yet it will become available while she's still around.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2002
    PA, where the State motto is: "If it makes sense, we don't do it!".


    They can test for genetic markers in horses. Years ago I contacted Dr. Cothran at the University of Kentucky about testing a grade gelding which I think was part QH/part Arab. He said that testing Quarter Horses was impossible because of all the breeds that went into making up the QH breed. He also said they can test some breeds (like TBs) whose books have been closed for a couple hundred years.

    Contact the University of Kentucky and ask them if there have been any advances.
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