totilas competing

It has recently been announced that top dressage stallion, Totilas’s stud fee will be reduced by £4128! This is a huge price drop and makes you question why? One of Totilas’s sons won the KWPN stallion competition. With such impressive stallions with the Totilas blood line, it is possible that…

peggie, a native pony prone to obesity

This post is about a little Welsh Section A mare called Peggy. Peggy and Ginny were my first experiences of non-riding school ponies. I must have been 12/13 at the time and was really excited and probably a bit too confident for my own good. Peggy was only a baby…

Not Own Photo, in process of referencing/deleting.

For those of you who follow horse racing, you might have heard about the ‘speed’ gene. Despite how it is often described, speed and racing performance is not dictated by this one gene, it is influenced by lots of genes and by environmental factors, especially training. However, this speed gene…

shetland pony

One of my assignments this semester is to put together a breed improvement scheme for a specific breed or type. I think this is going to be quite a fun assignment, although quite hard when it comes to talking about all the heritability bits and finding journal papers for references……

scottie competing in best condition

I really love genetics, especially when it comes to something complicated like coat colour, which is influenced by several genes. After a few lectures on coat genetics at University I just had to write this post sharing what I had discovered ad a lot of it is quite surprising. Did…