AQHA offers a five-panel genetic test for HYPP,
GBED and HERDA.
The American Quarter Horse Journal,
February 7, 2012 - AQHA is now offering a genetic disease panel
test. Genetic diseases cause emotional and financial pain for horse owners and
breeders. To help breeders make informed decisions, AQHA now offers a panel
test for five genetic diseases – glycogen branching enzyme deficiency,
heredity equine regional dermal asthenia, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis,
malignant hyperthermia and polysaccharide storage myopathy.
When the test is ordered, AQHA will send a DNA kit, and the owner will mail it
to the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University
of California-Davis for testing. Once the tests are complete, AQHA will
notify the owners and put the results on the horse’s record and certificate of
The tests cost $85 for members
and $125 for nonmembers. For the panel test in conjunction with the
DNA test required for most breeding stock, the cost is $105 for members.
The effects of these diseases are wide-ranging, from mild and manageable to
severe and terminal. Passing these diseases on to successive generations often
causes unnecessary suffering and also leads to financial losses for breeders.
To order your test, call AQHA at (806) 376-4811 and get the process started
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