Our last day of testing for the year will be 22 December. The lab will start up again on 2 January 2024.
You can still place new orders and send us samples while we are on break, ready for when we reopen.
Agouti (bay factor) (agouti)
Agouti (ASIP) is the gene that controls black vs bay or brown coat colours. It can restrict black pigment to the points, creating bay or brown coat colours. Alternatively it can allow black pigment to be evenly distributed throughout the coat, creating the ever-popular black coat colour.
One of the most common reasons to test for black are to determine whether a horse is a faded black or a dark brown. It is also frequently used to see whether a horse is capable of producing black offspring.
Gene or region and technical reference
Gene: ASIP (causative). Reference: Rieder et al. (2001)
a. Test developed using animal controls.
A. Test developed using animal cases.
Panels: groups of tests that are often ordered together
This test is in the Arabian health & colour panel.
This test is in the full colour panel.
This test is in the Fjord horse panel.
This test is in the Gypsy health & colour panel.
This test is in the Miniature health & colour panel.
This test is in the QH health & colour panel.
Like all black horses this muddy pony carries two copies of 'a' - the version of agouti the that allows black pigment to cover the entire body and not just the points.