March 1, 2016 American Saddlebred Horse Gaited Study
My name is Josefine Sivertsen and I am a Master’s student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in the Animal Breeding and Genetics department. For my master’s thesis, I am interested in studying the genetics of the rack and slow gait in the American Saddlebred.
For the project, we would like to examine how the DMRT3 gene affects the American Saddlebred´s ability to slow gait and rack, focusing on how natural the horse is able to perform the gaits. Because we are assessing training ease/difficulty, we are only interesting in horses that are currently being ridden under-saddle as either three-gaited or five-gaited.
In order for this study to be successful, it is important that we sample from a lot of horse. Therefore, we need participants and lots of them! I was wondering if your club/association would share information about this study with your members via a post on your website or inclusion in your newsletter? All I need for participation is for the owner to complete a questionnaire about the horse and pulled hair samples with the root bulb for DNA.
If you have any questions about the study, please feel free to email me. I am looking forward to hearing back from you. With kind regards, Josefine Sivertsen firstname.lastname@example.org