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Since population size of some horse breeds are very small, trying to preserve this breed through breeding might increase emergence and distribution of genetic diseases. Simultaneously carriers of genetic variants are excluded impetuously from the breeding population, which causes the gene pool to be narrowed even further. A vicious cycle between preserving a breed and preserving genetic health. Examples of breeds with this problematic are Connemara Ponies and Fell/Dales Ponies.

CAG is currently analysing the genetic diversity in several different breeds. This information will enable breed clubs and breeder to make informed decisions for their breeding and to preserve the genetic diversity. We are also offering seminars and courses to impart the knowledge necessary for breeding genetically healthy animals.

 

Are you, as a breeder or breed club, interested in preserving your horse breed's genetic diversity? Please contact us for information about how you may help us with this project.

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