Can a Biomarker Test Reveal Young Horses’ Future Fertility?

Researchers are working to develop a fertility predictor test for colts and fillies to help breeders and buyers make informed decisions and potentially even help improve evaluations during breed inspections.
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Fertility prediction test for horses
Researchers are working to develop a fertility predictor test for colts and fillies to help breeders and buyers make informed decisions and potentially even help improve evaluations during breed inspections. | Photo: iStock

She’s a gorgeous filly. She’s got so much energy. She’s curious. Her gaits are amazing. And she’s just absolutely filled with charm.

You’d love to take her on with hopes of breeding her later. But there’s always that one tricky question: Will she be fertile?

The unknown about a young horse’s future fertility can make decision-making about breeding stock difficult and occasionally lead to disappointments. That’s why Austrian and German scientists are looking into a fertility predictor test for colts and fillies. Such a test could help breeders and buyers make informed decisions and could even help improve evaluations during breeding shows, the researchers said

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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