DNA Testing

DNA Testing

DNA Testing

We use a panel of 17 microsatellite markers and two sex chromosome markers to generate a DNA profile for each horse that is submitted. DNA can be extracted from hair, blood or any tissue. This profile is used to confirm that the horse qualifies as the offspring of a given stallion and mare, which many breed registries require prior to issuing registration papers. This type of DNA testing CANNOT be used to identify the breed of horse. It CAN be used to match an unknown horse to a DNA profile in our database in cases where a horse has been transferred without papers and its identity is uncertain, as long as the horse was DNA-profiled previously through our laboratory.

DNA Submission Form


Kathryn Graves

Associate Professor
Director of Genetic Testing

(859) 218-1193 ktgraves@uky.edu 341 Gluck Research Center 1400 Nicholasville Rd. Lexington, KY 40546

Sample Collection Video Guides

Contact Information

Dr. Dan Howe
Interim Director, Gluck Equine Research Center

437 Gluck Equine Research Center 1400 Nicholasville Rd. Lexington, KY 40546-0099

(859) 218-1113