SynchroGait®

Quick Summary

SynchroGait® is a diagnostic DNA test for a genetic variant (A) that has a major impact on the gait and coordination of horses. The discovery by researchers in Sweden showed that the mutation “facilitates lateral gaits, ambling and pace, and inhibits the transition from trot or pace to gallop”. The gait A variant has been identified as a major genetic factor for performance in trotting horses and ability to perform the additional “flying pace” in Icelandic horses. 
Price

$350 one test per animal

Additional Details

SynchroGait® is a diagnostic DNA test for a genetic variant (A) that has a major impact on the gait and coordination of horses. The discovery by researchers in Sweden showed that the mutation “facilitates lateral gaits, ambling and pace, and inhibits the transition from trot or pace to gallop”. The gait A variant has been identified as a major genetic factor for performance in trotting horses and ability to perform the additional “flying pace” in Icelandic horses.

With SynchroGait® owners can identify the innate ability of young horses for gait performance which facilitates decisions regarding investment in future training. Testing of breeding stock allows breeders to predict likely genotypes of offspring and to select optimal mates to maximize production of foals with the gait mutation. In breeds used for dressage or show jumping, where pacing is not a favorable trait, SynchroGait® can be used to eliminate the pacing variant.

Benefits of the variant A in gaited breeds are:

Standardbreds: AA horses are more likely to race professionally; they earn more money and have higher breeding value for racing performance than CA and CC horses. SynchroGait® test is particularly applicable to horses that have French Standardbred blood lines.

Coldblooded Trotters: presence of the A variant is correlated with trotting technique. AA horses have natural talent for pace and excellent leg coordination in trot at high speed.

Icelandic Horses: AA horses have a genetic predisposition to perform five gaits (walk, tölt, trot, gallop, and pace). CA and CC horses are more likely to perform only four gaits (walk, tölt, trot, and gallop).

 

For more information on SynchroGait®, visit http://www.capiletgenetics.com

Turnaround Time
2-6 business days
Type of Sample

Species

Type of Test

Results Reported As
Test Result SynchroGait
CA SynchroGait CA SealHorse has one copy of the variant that has a major impact on gait and coordination of leg movement. Horse has intermediate ability to perform additional gaits.
AA SynchroGait AA sealHorse has two copies of the variant that has a major impact on gait and coordination of leg movement. Horse has innate ability to perform additional gaits. Training and other genetic factors contribute to overall quality of gait.
CC SynchroGait CC sealHorse does not have the gait variant that predisposes to performance of 4 or 5 gaits.
References

Andersson, L. S., Larhammar, M., Memic, F., Wootz, H., Schwochow, D., Rubin, C. J., Patra, K., Thorvaldur, A., Wellbring, L., Hjälm, G., Imsland, F., Petersen, J. L., McCue, M. E., Mickelson, J. R., Cothran, G., Ahituv, N., Roepstorff, L., Mikko, S., Vallstedt, A., Lindgren, G., & Andersson, L. (2012) Mutations in DMRT3 affect locomotion in horses and spinal circuit function in mice. Nature, 488(7413), 642-646. doi: 10.1038/nature11399

License Info

This test is performed under a license agreement with and SynchroGait® is a registered trademark of Capilet Genetics, Sweden.