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.
Frame overo/lethal white syndrome (OLWS)
Frame overo markings include eye-catching white patches, and often a white face accompanied by one or two blue eyes. The amount of white on a frame overo horse or pony can be highly variable, from a couple of white hairs all the way up to majority white coat colours.
Frame overo is unique among white coat colour patterns in that foals born with two copies of the frame overo gene suffer from the heart-breaking and fatal Overo Lethal White Syndrome (OLWS). Testing helps breeders avoid crosses that could produce Lethal White Syndrome foals.
Gene or region and technical reference
n. Test developed using animal controls.
Ovr. Test developed using animal cases.
Panels: groups of tests that are often ordered together
This test is in the full colour panel.
This test is in the Miniature health & colour panel.
This test is in the patterns panel.
This test is in the QH health panel.
This test is in the QH health & colour panel.
Frame overo horses often have distinctive white markings. They can also have one or more partially or completely blue eyes.