Knowledge of Paint Horse genetics is rapidly evolving, and researchers are unearthing new genes that impact expression of the white spotting patterns for which the Paint breed is known. Breeders and owners can put the power of genetic testing to work with a quick and easy DNA test.
- Parentage Verification is required for registration as of January 1, 2022. This applies to all registrations, regardless of breeding method or horse age. Click here for more details.
- Make smarter breeding decisions. Knowing which color, pattern and disease genes your horse carries means you can make smarter breeding choices and prevent heartache down the road. Sidestep recessive genetic conditions by not breeding carriers together.
- Reduces risk and might help improve chances for Regular Registry color. Genetic testing helps take some inherent risk out of breeding Paints. You’ll be able to select a sire or dam based on genetic potential to pass along a “Paint” pattern gene, along with more tangible things like conformation, athleticism, temperament and more.
- Testing is quick, easy and cost-effective. Genetic testing is painless and easy for any horse owner—genetic testing uses DNA from hair roots to determine which genes your horse carries. No guesswork required!
Learn more about Paint patterns and the power of genetic testing in the Paint Horse Journal.