Course DescriptionThe art of horse breeding has applied genetics since the beginning of domestication, yet most horse professionals have little understanding of the fundamentals of genetics. In this first installment of a three part series of short courses, we will examine the underlying mechanisms and inheritance of a number of single gene traits, ways that these patterns can be used to improve the management and marketability of horses, and how horse owners access testing.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
- Identify different patterns of inheritance and use these patterns to predict the genotype of future foals, comparing current applications of genome derived technologies for the horse industry.
- Describe the action and biology of the two genes controlling base coat color in the horse, and consider the implications of color diluting genes.
- Consider the action of many genes in the white spotting patterns of the horse, and the impacts of detrimental pleiotropic effects.