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Gaited horses
16 novembre 2017 | Breed News

Figure out why some horses are gaited...

Genetic studies on the GAITED are undertaken at the University of Agricultural Sciences of Uppsala Sweden.

University student Niina Kangas wants to write her thesis on the gene that "affects locomotion" in certain breeds of horses,

Research Name: DMRT3-mutation (to understand what affects locomotion in certain breeds of horses).

For example, the Icelandic horses, which can be equipped with 4 or 5 paces (no, trot, gallop rack / tolt and pace, amble) in these 2 possibilities Icelandic presents different genotypes.


Niina recently decided to include in her research our wonderful gaited Curly with pedigrees including Walker's Prince T, Sir Patrick MJT, Star's Lucky Touch, or Foxtrotters origins. All Curly gaited from the JAK breeding are part of this research panel. It is encouraged by ICHO that several samples of French horse hair have been sent to Sweden ... Case to follow!



His name: SynchroGait.

It is a DNA diagnostic test. It is based on a research project in which is identified a variant of the gene that has a major impact on the gait and coordination of horses. This exciting discovery is the first of its kind and was recently published in the respected scientific journal "Nature".

The SynchroGait test allows you to identify one of the most important genetic factors that affect the performance of a trotting horse that is permissive for alternative gait, called GAIT, in several breeds such as the Missouri fox trotter, Morgan, Icelandic, Paso Fino, Tennessee Walking, at some Paint and Quarter Horses, (among others) and at our dear CURLY.


This DNA diagnostic test has a major impact on the gait and coordination of horses. Swedish researchers have shown that the mutation "facilitates sideways, amble and other paces by declining, and inhibits the transition from trot to gallop".


Gaited is a variant that has been identified as a major genetic factor for the performance of trotting horses and their ability to perform "flying pace" present in Icelandic horses and several lines of curly (among others).


This test, available on Horsegenetest allows owners to know the innate ability of young horses for gaited performance. This makes it easier for them to make investment decisions in future breeding projects. Testing breeders' flocks can help predict likely offspring genotypes and establish the ideal breeding program to optimize foal production with the gaited mutation, or avoid it in breeds used for training or jumping. obstacles, where stimulation is not a favorable feature.