The art of horse breeding has shaped equine genetics since domestication, yet most horse professionals have little understanding of the fundamentals of genetics. We will examine the underlying mechanisms and inheritance of a number of traits in the horse. Concepts covered will include the impact of domestication on the genome, relationships between breeds, coat color, genetic disease and complex traits of performance and behavior.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
- Explain how parentage testing works, the limitations of current approaches, and why it's important fo the industry.
- Describe the common genetic diseases in the horse, and predict the occurrence in a foal crop given the parental genotypes.
- Consider how the action of many genes, combined with the environment, results in important traits of health and performance.