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Heard something odd today, has anyone else ever heard of this?

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  • Heard something odd today, has anyone else ever heard of this?

    Genetic testing to find out what breed a grade horse is?

    I've never heard of it.

    Basically a girl is telling me that while the vet was out to see her horse today (Friday) he took a sample and is going to send it off for genetic testing, she will have the results back Monday (yes, this Monday) and they will tell her what breed her horse is.

    Am I way off base thinking she's just telling a tale? Is there any way this is possible (the testing part, I pretty much know you aren't going to get DNA results in three days nevermind the fact that it's the weekend).

    Does anyone have any insight to give me?

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    I know you can do it with dogs. Wouldn't surprise me if you can do it with horses too.
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      According to a researcher at UC Davis its not possible with horses. Horses haven't been bred as separate breeds long enough for the DNA to be dissimilar enough to tell them apart. That was a few months ago, though so I suppose someone could have come out with one, but not that have heard.
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        I have heard of it for dogs also but not with horses. It will be interesting to here of the vets findings.
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          My understanding is that there are certain marker genes common to certain types of horses like "Spanish" or "draft" markers. The problem is that all those genes do is prove descent, not purity. We run into that all the time with our breed and people wanting to know if we have DNA to prove purity. There is no way to do that. You can find Spanish marker genes in modern QH's for example.

          So, I have to agree that it seems unlikely that anyone can do this yet with any accuracy.

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          • #6
            What DB said. Even the dog one isn't that accurate. It's mostly used for the owner who wants to know if his adopted pooch is a Pug-Poodle-Lab and it wouldn't make a difference if the test said it's a Boston-Poodle-Lab!
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              Thanks to everyone who was answered! You are confirming what pretty much everyone is telling me. I shot an email out to UC Davis also, hoping they get back with me soon. This one has got me really curious for some reason...

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                Originally posted by Reiter View Post
                What DB said. Even the dog one isn't that accurate. It's mostly used for the owner who wants to know if his adopted pooch is a Pug-Poodle-Lab and it wouldn't make a difference if the test said it's a Boston-Poodle-Lab!
                Exactly! The dog one is NOT accurate in MANY cases. I think it's more of a gimmick idea for the "average" dog owner who wants something fun to do with their dog. These tests are NOT to be taken to heart.
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