Submitting Equine Samples For Testing
To Submit a sample for testing please download the test submission form and carefully enter the requested information. If you have any questions or require assistance please call Animal Genetics and speak to one of our customer service representatives, or visit our Equine FAQ page where the answers to many common questions can be found. For a complete list of equine services and costs please go to Equine Fee Schedule.
Sample Collection Instructions:
- Most, of our genetic tests for horses are performed by extracting DNA from a hair sample collected from the animals mane and/or tail. To collect a sample of your horse, first make sure the horse is not wet when collecting a sample. A sample is collected by pulling 30-40 mane and/or tail hairs from a horse. It is important to pull the hairs and confirm that the actual root of the hair is attached. The root of the hair is what contains the genetic material of your horse. Therefore, hairs that break off or cut hairs do not provide an adequate sample of your horse. The mane hair of a foal can be very fine and not have much of a root for us to work with. When collecting a sample from a young foal, it is often better to collect the hair from the tail of the horse instead of the mane.
- Once the hair has been collected, place the sample in a zip-lock bag or paper envelope that is labeled with the horse's name. Again, it is important that the hair sample is not wet especially when using a zip-lock bag. Moisture and warmth trapped within the bag might give bacteria an opportunity to grow which could damage the DNA.
- Complete a submission form for each horse being tested and mail the samples, forms and payment to our address shown at the bottom of this page. A test submission form can be downloaded from our website as a Microsoft Word document or a PDF file format.
- Customers outside the USA should submit a copy of our USDA permit with the samples.
Download Test Submission Forms
Payment can be made in U.S. dollars by credit card, check, PayPal (PayPal@animalgenetics.us), or electronic transfer.
As with any genetic test new mutations may occur in the animals genome that could affect the assay. Therefore, it may be difficult to detect all subtypes. Sample collection plays a pivotal part in the overall accuracy of the test so please use caution and follow the instructions carefully.