Services to thoroughbred and non-thoroughbred horses

Our Laboratory in Ireland has been carrying out investigative testing on equines for thirty years, and is today a leading authority in this field. There are a number of different test panels available.

New Genetic Test: Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS)
Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) is a hereditary disease with symptoms of hyperextensible and abnormally fragile skin, as well as hyperextensibility of articulations. The skin of newborn foals lacks tensile strength due to large spaces between deep dermal fibers. Also, lesions occur across the body and limb joints are extremely lax and hyperextensible. These abnormalities require euthanasia just after delivery. The defect is caused by a point mutation on the PLOD1 gene, which results in an incomplete protein folding (c.2032G>A, p.Gly678Arg)

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1. Parentage Verification

For both owners and breeders of Thoroughbred and Non-Thoroughbred horses, correct parentage information is vital for both breeding planning and ensuring the integrity of the animal identity.

The Laboratory uses a panel of 17 internationally recognised microsatellite DNA markers for routine parentage verification which can be supplemented by a secondary panel of 14 markers to assist with problematic cases.

2. Jaundice Foal Syndrome Screening

Prevention and diagnosis of jaundice foal syndrome by checking of mare’s blood and colostrum for antibodies

Risk Categorisation – All mares can be categorised based on specific blood groups into High, Moderate or Low risk of producing a foal affected by Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (N.I. or jaundice foal syndrome). There is no such category as a “no risk” category.

Antibody identification – Mares who have been categorised, or who have a history of NI, can be screened prenatally for the presence of antibodies in their blood which are associated with NI. Postnatally, mares blood and colostrum can be screened and cross matched with the foal’s red blood cells to see if the antibodies that are present will affect the foal.

3. Pedigree Searching

Archived microsatellite DNA profiles held on the database provide an excellent resource for pedigree searching, investigations and resolution of incorrect parentage records.

4. Karyotyping

Used to detect chromosomal abnormalities, and is recommended for animals that present with reproductive problems.

5. Coat Colour Screening

– Blue eyed cream (B.E.C) screening for Connemara ponies;
– Tobiano testing for coloured horses (Homozygosity Test);
– Base coat colour testing i.e. Red factor and Agouti;
– Lethal white Overo testing;
– Grey coat.
– Other coat colours available on request

6. Disease Trait Screening

Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD) in Connemara ponies
Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA) and Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) for Arabian Horses.

Other tests are available on request.

7. Forensic Testing

The lab also assists in the investigation of animal biological material as evidence in legal matters.