Ordering and testing

Ordering from outside Australia

Australia has extremely tight quarantine restrictions. Our import permit allows us to accept samples from the following countries (in alphabetical order): Argentina, Austria, Belgium, British Honduras, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, The Netherlands, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vanuatu and Falkland Islands.

Hair samples cannot be accepted from horses that have an infectious disease.

Samples from outside Australia should be labelled as being "For in vitro use only", and addressed as follows:

Practical Horse genetics
40 Boronia St
Redfern NSW 2016

What to do when you want to have your horses tested

  1. Order online for up to fifteen horses at horses at once. Select the number of horses and all the tests you want done for the first horse. You can customise tests for the other horses on the next page.

    Doing more than fifteen horses at once? Contact us in case we can help automate entering the details for each horse.

  2. Fill in your details and your horses' details. Each horse will get an individualised sample ID sheet. You can opt to print your own ID sheets or to have us send them out with sample collection kits.

    Using the online form ensures that the spelling and details are just how you want them for every horse.

  3. Pay for your testing. We accept credit card payments via VISA and Mastercard, bank transfers and cheques.

  4. Take a mane or tail hair sample from each horse. Once you have your sample ID sheets, you will need to pull a small clump of 20-40 hairs from the mane or tail of your horse or pony.

    DNA is in the hair roots, so make sure that the hairs have roots on them.

  5. Post the sample back to us. Using the sample collection kit or your own supplies, label each hair sample with its individualised sample ID and put it in a ziplock bag. Including the sample ID sheet with the sample is one easy way to do this.

  6. We send you results within 5 business days of receiving commercial samples. Samples analysed as part of a free testing offer can take longer - up to several weeks. You can nominate to obtain your results by email, phone call, text message or post.

    In the rare instance that a problem arises delaying or preventing the analysis of your sample(s), we will inform you as soon as possible.

See our full list of tests here.