Our equine genetic tests are performed by using the horses DNA that has
been extracted from the roots of its mane and/or tail
hairs. To collect a sample of your horse, first make sure the horse is not wet when collecting a sample. A sample is collected by pulling 30-40 mane and/or tail hairs from a horse. It is important to pull the hairs and confirm that the actual root of the hair is attached. The root of the hair is what contains the genetic material of your horse. Therefore, hairs that break off or cut hairs do not provide
an adequate sample of your horse. The mane hair of a foal can be very fine and not have much of a root for us to work with. When collecting a sample from a young foal, it is often better to collect the hair from the tail of the horse instead of the mane.
Once the hair has been collected, place the sample in a zip-loc bag or envelope that is labeled with the horse’s name. Again, it is important that the hair sample is not wet especially when using a zip-lock bag. Moisture and warmth trapped within the bag might give bacteria an opportunity to grow which could damage the DNA.
Complete a submission form for each horse being tested and mail the samples, forms and payment to our address shown at the bottom of this page.
A submission form can be downloaded from our website as a Microsoft Word document or a PDF file format at our Downloads page or by using the link below.
Test results are available within 2-4 days upon receipt of the hair sample, submission form and payment. All results can be emailed and/or viewed securely online via a personal account number and pass-code as soon as testing has been completed. In order to obtain the account number and to set up a pass-code, the account holder must call in to Animal Genetics and speak with one of the customer service personnel. Results are mailed by post for each horse tested several days after results are obtained.