• 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 test.

Choose coat colour tests

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agouti | extension | cream
silver | champagne | pearl
grey | appaloosa | tobiano
frame overo | sabino 1
splashed white 1 | W20

Mystery solved

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.