Frequently Asked Questions (Equine)
What is DNA?
This acronym stands for Deoxyribo-Nucleic-Acid. It is a long, complex molecule carrying information in the form of a chemical code and dictates how the body and cells should form.
How do I go about testing my horse?
You will need to submit a mane/tail hair sample to us, normally 30-40 hairs complete with root follicles in a ziplock plastic bag or paper envelope. To download the accompanying form, please click here. Or contact us to obtain a form and collection bag.
How much does it cost?
Testing prices can be found at Equine Fee
What payment forms are accepted?
Payment can be made by credit card, cheque, or electronic transfer. Cheques can only be paid in English pounds and should be made out to Animal Genetics UK. We accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards.
How do I pay for my testing?
Either supply a cheque or postal order when submitting the order form. Alternately, you can fill out your credit/debit card details - or if you prefer, give them to us over the phone.
How long does testing take?
Results will be made available within 7-10 working days.
Is the testing accurate?
We use PCR technology renowned for its clinical precision to ensure result accuracy; our laboratory team has been working together for almost two decades. Mane hair samples provide a strong source of DNA, but if for whatever reason results are inconclusive after the first attempt (i.e. sample decomposition), we will always contact you to request a replacement sample at no extra cost.
Although the accuracy rate is extremely high, like all clinical testing there is a very small chance (less than .001%) of inaccurate identification of an allele. Many factors contribute to this so if you are not comfortable with your result or would like us to double check you may resubmit a fresh sample at no charge.
Does a horse have to be a certain age?
From birth to death, DNA remains the same, so there is no age range for the most accurate results. However, the hair of a foal under 3-6 months old is very fine and tail hair may be needed to collect a proper sample.
My horse is not registered yet, can I still send in a sample for testing?
Absolutely! We do not need registration information to test -- we only need to know the horse's breed.
I only have a sample from one of my horse's parents, can you still test to determine parentage?
Yes, but you get a much higher probability if you have samples from both parents. With one sample, you can exclude the parent but not confirm.
Can you determine the breed of my horse?
No, there is no test currently available to determine horse breed.
Why is my sample "On Hold"?
There is a problem with the payment for the sample. Please make a payment or contact us for assistance.
I can't get the submission form to print, what should I do?
Simply print 1) your contact information - name, address, phone number and email address -- and 2) breed of horse 3) horse's ID and 4) test requested on a peice of paper and submit with your sample.
Submit a Sample for Testing:
To submit a sample for testing please click on ORDER and download a sample submission form. Then follow the sample collection and submission instructions.