Poll Recap: Genetic Disease Testing – TheHorse.com

Posted: August 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Photo: Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Chances are youre probably heard about certain equine genetic disease acronyms like HYPP (hyperkalemic periodic paralysis), PSSM (polysaccharide storage myopathy), and SCIDS (severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome). Some breeds of horses are more susceptible to these genetic diseases. But how do you really know if your Quarter Horse has HYPP, or your Arabian mare has the recessive gene for SCIDS?

In last weeks online poll, we asked our readers if theyve ever had their horses tested for a genetic disease or disorder. More than 250 people responded and weve tallied the results!

Of the 270 respondents, only 74 people (27%) have had a horse tested for a genetic disorder or disease. The remaining 196 respondents (73%) have not.

Additionally more than 35 commented about their experiences with equine genetic testing:

Several people commented about what theyve tested their horse for:

A few others shared general comments:

Want to learn more about equine genetic diseases and testing? You can find additional information on breed-related genetic disorders such as hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP), severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), and polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM); learn about genetic testing in horses, and hear about some of the latest research on equine inherited diseases and conditions at TheHorse.com.

This week, we want to know: Have you ever rehabilitated an injury in your horse? Vote now and tell us about your experiences at TheHorse.com/polls!

The results of ourweekly pollsare published in The Horse Health E-Newsletter, which offers news on diseases, veterinary research, health events, and in-depth articles on common equine health conditions and what you can do to recognize, avoid, or treat them.Sign up for our e-newsletterson our homepage and look for a new poll onTheHorse.com.

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelors degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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