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Inherited Diseases

Mutations leading to hereditary diseases can have varying effects. The most difficult to eliminate are those with recessive inheritance and those that develop after an animal has already reached breeding age.
DNA testing is the only intervention to prevent and control the passing on of deleterious alleles. Health problems, and the costs associated with them, can thus be avoided or at least planned for.


Non-breeders: information on mutations affecting animal health, such as the muscle disorders called Muscle Integrity Myopathy (PSSM2), is of particular interest.
Breeders: In addition to individual health, you know it is of great importance to determine which hidden hereditary traits an outwardly healthy animal carries and would pass on to offspring.


Please note:

as a breeder, for reasons of animal welfare you are legally obligated to not pair animals which could produce affected offspring.


Further information:

How do you test your horse on hereditary diseases?

DNA diagnostics is the only way to prevent and control these hereditary diseases.  With the help of genetic diagnostics, the genetic variants can be identified. Health problems, and the inevitable costs associated with them, can thus be avoided or at least contained as best as possible.

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Your Advantage with DNA-Tests on hereditary diseases for horses:

We offer a large portfolio of genetic tests for hereditary diseases and traits for horses no matter if for animal owners, breeders, breeding organizations or veterinarians.


For animal owners: DNA tests help you to find out whether your horse suffers from a certain hereditary disease or carries a predisposition that can lead to an outbreak of disease later in life. This can also be important when making decisions regarding, for example, the purchase of a horse.


For breeders: In addition to health, it is of great importance for breeders to know which hidden hereditary traits an outwardly healthy animal carries and which can be passed on to offspring. With the generatio genetic tests, it can be checked in advance whether the constellation of the selected breeding animals makes sense and suitable breeding pairs can be selected.


For veterinarians: Many gene variants lead to disease patterns with non-specific symptoms. The generatio horse genetic tests help to confirm the diagnosis and additionally in the differential diagnosis of current non-specific symptoms. In addition to single tests, we also offer panel tests, which are based on specific disease symptoms and thus allow a rapid differential diagnosis.


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Blood tubes with EDTA, blood cards (GOcards®, FTA-cards), mucosal swabs and hair roots can be submitted for testing.  

Please note any requirements of your breeding association (i.e. sample collection by a veterinarian or studbook representative).

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Certain regulations apply to the shipment of samples from outside of the EU. Please note your country’s shipping regulations.

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Detailed information on individual tests, breeding recommendations, and special care for your animal can be found in our Lexicon.

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