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.
The red/black or extension gene (MC1R) controls the production of red pigment (i.e. to produce the chestnut coat colour) vs black pigment (i.e. to produce black or bay/brown coat colours). All chestnut and chestnut-based horses such as palominos have two copies of the red gene. Other horses can have either one copy of red and one copy of black, or two copies of black.
If your horse or pony is bay, brown or black, you can use genetic testing to check whether they have one vs two copies of the version of this gene that produces black pigment. Horses that have no red gene cannot produce chestnut offspring.
Gene or region and technical reference
Gene: MC1R (causative). Reference: Marklund et al. (1996)
e. Test developed using animal controls.
E. 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 Friesian health & colour 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 chestnuts, this chestnut brumby has two copies of the red gene.