Genetic tests for horses

GeneTIC Test


Pairing two horses carrying the same lethal genes can result in miscarriage or premature death. If the foal inherits a lethal combination of genes, the result is inevitable. Make sure these dangerous genes do not go unnoticed in the Sire or the Dam. The ORIGO genetic test provides reliable scientific information, and is especially suited for horse breeders. We recommend performing the test on both the Sire and the Dam before covering.

The geneTIC test includes the following genes that may result in the demise of the foal:

Glycogen storage disease

Megacolon, lethal

Lavender foal syndrome

Epitheliogenesis imperfecta


GeneTIC Test


The HELIX risk gene test is for every horse owner and breeder who wants to be sure of their horse's well-being. The test detects e.g. heritable muscle sicknesses and hoof disease, and is therefore optimal both for horse owners and breeders. 


Polysaccharide storage myopathy - GYS1

The disease causes muscle problems in horses during excercise, such as pelvic paralysis and severe muscle damage.

Malignant hyperthermia - RYR1

This mutation causes a quick rise in body temperature paired with muscle stiffness when the horse is sedated with a commonly used anesthetic. This leads the horse dying on the operating table. A gene test is the only way to prevent such an unnecessary death.

Periodic paralysis - SCN4A

This disorder causes sudden and infrequent, but passing muscle twitches and even paralysis.

Night blindness - TRPM1

In some cases of this disorder, the horse's night vision is completely impaired whereas in others it may be only mildly affected. Horses suffering from night blindness tend to sustain injuries during nighttime.

Hoof wall separation - SERPINB11

This disorder leads to the cracking and splitting of the hooves. Knowing that the horse may get this disorder, preventive measures can be taken to improve the outcome.

Multiple congenital ocular anomalies - PMEL17

A mutation in this gene causes a group of developmental abnormalities in the eyes. Affected horses may suffer from impaired vision, leading to abnormal behavior and an inability to perform.