Horse DNA profiling

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All creatures on this earth have a DNA Profile specific to that individual. This DNA Profile can be linked to specific individuals to give a traceable identity test that can be stored on a computer database and used to trace stolen animals or those in disputed ownership. This same DNA Profile can also be used to determine an animal’s parentage PROVIDING samples are available from the dam and alleged sire(s). Unlike conventional blood typing which can only exclude parentage, DNA Profiling  gives a highly accurate picture of a foal’s true pedigree.

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The advantages of the GENEQ system for DNA Profiling are:

  • It needs only 10 strands of mane/tail hair
  • The DNA Profile is totally tamperproof and cannot be altered in any way. It takes just 10 days.
  • It only costs £39.95 per horse – less than the average cost of a set of shoes.
  • Any horses that are paternity tested get a DNA Profile identity listing free of charge and are kept on the database without charge for life.

When your horse is tested, you get back a unique certificate bearing the DNA Profile and the animal’s details and a special self-adhesive notice for the stable door stating, in bold colours, that the horse is DNA Profiled and can be traced alive or dead. We will incorporate, without charge, a picture of your horse into the certificate from a photograph of your choice which will be returned undamaged. “Burnt” into this image on the certificate will also be the horse’s DNA Profile code giving a unique proof of identity.

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Scientifically the test uses the identical technology as utilised by the police in forensic casework and for their National DNA Database. The GENEQ system is of course highly specific for equine DNA and contamination with human DNA will not affect the test in any way. Studies have shown the technology to be extremely reliable and reproducible. The test has been extensively validated on many types of horse including Thoroughbreds, Shires, warmbloods, native ponies, Shetlands, Punches, Palominoes, Quarters, Morgans and even Donkeys! Crossbred and mixed breed horses can also be successfully tested. In theory it should even work on Zebras although we have yet to try this!

DNA testing is becoming compulsory with many breed societies for registration.

Any horse requiring registration with the Sport Horse Society of Great Britain (formerly the H.I.S.) must be tested using the GENEQ system.