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DNA testing for health, appearance and pedigree verification in horses

Learn about one of the tests we do: Lateral gait marker

Most horses move using the classic walk, trot, canter and gallop paces. Gaited horses often have additional paces. There are a wide range of additional paces, including the tölt, running walk, rack, paso fino (classic fino), paso corto, paso largo, paso ilano, sobreandando, and fox trot.

Horses with one or more copies of the 'A' allele in this test are often able to use additional gaits. It is not a guarantee however - horses can carry the 'A' allele and still show no additional gaits. That is why we classify this test as a genetic marker (ie. strongly associated with additional gaits) rather than a causative genetic variant.

Gene or region and technical reference

Gene: DMRT3 (marker). Reference: Kristjansson et al. (2014)
(not patented in Australia).

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