The Shetland Pony Coat Color Panel bundles together several genetic tests relevant to coat color in the Shetland Pony breed.
Panel can be purchased on MyVGL. See below for pricing and list of specific tests included in panel.
Note: Gray test included in this panel only detects presence or absence of gray. The panel report does not provide the number of copies of the gray gene. If zygosity information is desired, please order the individual gray test here.
Dun is a coat color dilution characterized by lightening of the coat, with the head, lower legs, mane, and tail undiluted. Oftentimes, dun is also characterized by "primitive markings" such as a dark dorsal stripe, barring of the legs, shoulder stripes, and "cobwebbing" on the forehead.
The gray gene causes progressive depigmentation of the hair, often resulting in a color that is almost completely white by 6-8 years of age. The individual gray test will determine zygosity. The coat color panel tests detect presence or absence of the gray allele.
The silver dilution dilutes black/brown pigment to lighten the manes and tails of black and bay horses to a flaxen or silver gray. The silver dilution is also associated with an inherited ocular syndrome known as Multiple Congenital Ocular Anomalies (MCOA).