Summer break: the laboratory will be shut this year
between Christmas and New Year. Samples that arrive during this
time will be analysed when we re-open in January.
A new test: hydrocephalus.
This disorder affects Friesians and other horse breeds.
News for for dwarfism in pure and part-bred Friesians:
our test will be for the dwarfism mutation as opposed to a marker
Our second monthly mystery horse is Rahane Nigel, a.k.a Winnie.
Winnie is a Welsh B gelding. He is registered as palomino, but has dark points and both dark and light colouring
in his mane and tail. Is he buckskin with a silver or heavily frosted mane and tail, or sooty palomino?
To identify Winnie's colour we tested for red/black, agouti, cream silver and dun. Winnie also has three white socks and a blaze.
We tested for W20, sabino 1 and splashed white 1 (SW1) to find the cause of his markings.
Read more about the results here.