Coat Color Testing Offered for Horses By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · May 16, 2012
For owners who have never been sure just exactly what color their horses are, and also for breeders trying to get a particular tint in the offspring of a mare or stallion, the intricacies of equine coat color can be quite complex.
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is offering several options for coat color testing including a multitest panel and a number of individual tests. Although AQHA members get a price break, you do not need to be an AQHA member to have the tests done for your horse.
Besides basic color identification, the tests can analyze for various dilutions such as dun, cream, champagne, pearl, silver, and gray. A horse with the overo lethal white genetic pattern can be identified before the horse is bred, saving a season and preventing the birth of a foal that will live for only a short time.
To get more information or to order coat color tests, call the AQHA at 806-376-4811.