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Sorry, we aren't taking any more orders this week.

We are flat out! We want to keep doing a good job for our clients so we've taken the step of capping the number of orders we accept. If we don't do this, the turnaround time for testing will keep getting longer and longer.

Orders for each new week open on Monday, Sydney time. We are working to find ways to test more samples every day, and we will increase the weekly cap as soon as we can.

In the mean time, have a look through our individual tests and panels (panels are groups of tests) to help decide what you want to test for.

DNA testing for health, appearance and pedigree verification in horses

Learn about one of the tests we do: Hoof wall separation disease

Hoof wall separation disease (HWSD) is an inherited disorder that has been found in Connemara ponies. In ponies affected by HWSD the hoof wall separates from the internal structures of the foot and breaks. Without a strong hoof wall, the weight of the pony goes disproportionately through the sole of the foot. This can cause lameness. Signs of HWSD are not present at birth but usually start at less than six months of age.

HWSD is an autosomal recessive disorder. Autosomal disorders are equally likely to affect male or female horses, while "recessive" means that a horse needs to inherit the HWSD mutation from both its sire and its dam to be affected.

Gene or region and technical reference

Gene: SERPINB11 (causative). Reference: Finno et al. (2017)

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