Understanding genetic determinants for health conditions can help us identify and manage horses’ predispositions toward life-and career-shortening diseases

Most owners and breeders wouldn’t gaze at a pasture filled with weanlings and picture those same horses 25-30 years later, with sway backs or graying coats. With increasing attention being paid to geriatric horses’ care, however, it behooves us to look at horses’ longevity from a different angle–at the beginning rather than at the end.

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