Sep 1, 1994
Journal of Equine Veterinary Science
A conference is being held this month in Switzerland on Genetics and Diseases in the Horse. The conference highlights the many genetic diseases, currently described in the horse, and emphasizes the extensive role genetics plays in almost all diseases. This is a topic which should be of great interest to all horse breeders and horse breed registries. Most breeders, however, do not think beyond the next foal crop, and breed registries seem to be more interested in increasing the quantity of horses registered than the quality of those registered. A clear example of these attitudes is in the handling of the genetic lethal combined immunodeficiency (CID) in the Arabian breed. It took years before breeders would admit that the condition was genetic and, still today, the Arabian Registry takes no active role in eliminating the problem.