Horse Hereditary Disease Test

Why should you opt for this Horse DNA test?

Your horse could have one or more defective genes and yet show no outward signs of the problem. DNA genetic testing is the only way how you can discover whether a certain horse is a carrier of an inherited genetic disorder or not. Unfortunately, genetic conditions cause problems that may be mild and easily managed or so severe that the affected horse has to be euthanized. Hereditary Disease testing can make your life much easier since testing can establish your horse’s genetic susceptibility to 23 different genetic diseases and help you eliminate these diseases from the breed. By identifying the horse, or horses, carrying the defective gene, you can refrain from breeding them to avoid passing unwanted traits to their foals.

Hereditary Disease testing helps horse owners just like you to be confident that their animals will not develop specific hereditary diseases or possess phenotypic traits of interest. This test can also be used by veterinarians to help confirm or exclude diagnoses of diseases! Below find the full list of hereditary diseases tested.


Hereditary Disease Description Price

ACAN Dwarfism (H118) Abnormal cartilage growth leading to skeletal problems and dwarfism.   R1650
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (H113) Infertility and external female genitalia in male horses.   N/A
Cerebellar Abiotrophy (H102) Ataxia due to the progressive death of brain cells responsible for movement.   R1000
Congenital Myotonia (H109) Impaired movement due to muscle rigidity.   R1000
Fragile Foal Syndrome (Warmblood) (H123) Connective tissue disorder leading to the death of the foal.   R1000
Friesian Dwarfism (H119) Dwarfism in the Friesian breed with associated health problems.   R1000
Glanzmann Thrombasthenia (H115) Equine coagulopathy (improper blood clotting).   N/A
Glycogen Storage Disease IV (H103) Energy deficiency in muscles and organs.   N/A
Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (H104) Skin detachment causing severe lesions and ulcerations.   N/A
Hoof Wall Separation Disease (H116) Separation of the Hoof and Hoofwall.   R1000
Hydrocephalus (H117) Accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in a foal’s brain.   N/A
Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (H107) Temporary paralysis in Quarter Horses.   N/A
Immune-Mediated Myositis (H124) Immune-mediated muscle wasting often triggered by infections or vaccination.   N/A
Incontinentia Pigmenti (H114) Coat pattern with negative effects on skin, coat, teeth and eyes.   N/A
Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa 1 (H105) Skin blistering and ulcerations due to an improper connection between skin and underlying tissue.   N/A
Malignant Hyperthermia (H110) Fever, muscle rigidity and respiratory distress triggered by anaesthetics or other stress.   R1000
Naked Foal Syndrome (H120) Lethal hairlessness in Akhal-Teke horses.   R1000
Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Typ 1 (H128) Disorder of the sugar metabolism of the muscles causing muscle damage.   R1000
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (H111) Fatal infections due to a deficient immune system.   R1000
Skeletal Atavism (H125) Abnormal bone growth in legs, resulting in dwarfism and leg deformities.   R2950
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (H126) A malignant tissue formation (tumor) that develops from the superficial layers of the skin and mucous membranes.   R1000
Foal Immunodeficiency Syndrome (H112) The nonfunctional immune system causes anaemia and early death in foals.   R1000

Sample Required and Turnaround Time

Horse Inherited Disease testing follows a sampling method that can be easily performed at home. All you have to do is collect and provide a hair sample from your horse. It is important to note that we do not provide a test kit for the Horse Hereditary Disease test. Please fill in the submission form and follow the sample collection instructions to create your own testing kit. Once samples are received at the laboratory, your results will be sent to you via email within 10 to 14 working days.

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