Genetic Selection for Equine Health and Performance

Understanding genetic determinants for health conditions can help us identify and manage predisposed horses.
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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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Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM, practices large animal medicine in Northern California, with particular interests in equine wound management and geriatric equine care. She and her husband have three children, and she writes fiction and creative nonfiction in her spare time.

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