RISK GENE TEST
Helix is a risk gene test package, consisting of six different risk genes. These genes are related to eye- and muscle diseases, as well as hoof problems in horses. Helix is now also available as single genes.
Helix is recommended to be done for example before selling or buying a horse. It works as an assurance for the buyer that the horse has been checked for serious risk genes and associated hereditary illnesses. This test is also a good tool for breeding: you can make sure your horse is not carrying any of these harmful risk genes to pass on to its foals.
The price for the Helix is 350 € (VAT 0%) and the price for separate genes is 60 € per gene (VAT 0%).
Helix gene test includes the following genes:
Polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSM)
The disease causes muscle problems in horses during excercise, such as pelvic paralysis and severe muscle damage.
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.
This disorder causes sudden and infrequent muscle twitches and even paralysis.
In some cases of this disorder, the horse's night vision is completely impaired whereas in others it may be only mildly affected.
Hoof wall separation
This disorder leads to the cracking of the horse’s hooves. Knowing that the horse may get this disorder, preventive measures can be taken to improve the outcome.
Multiple congenital ocular anomalies (MCOA)
Mutation in this gene causes a group of developmental abnormalities in the eyes. Horses may suffer from impaired vision, leading to abnormal behavior and an inability to perform.
WHAT THE RESULTS WILL LOOK LIKE: