Jean Michel BAZIRE, trainer and coachman, France
Jean Michel BAZIRE, one of the most successful trainers and coachmen in France right now, uses the test SynchroGait®. He does not neglect any details in his work with horses and uses SynchroGait® to help him.
"I have qualified thirty of my youngsters and I am especially satisfied with this generation. I did tested most of my 2-year olds with this test to see which most likely hade the best aptitude for synchronized trot at high speed. In the vast majority, the results are perfectly correlated with the thoughts I had about them. This test is a very innovative approach to get more information about our horses, it is a mini-revolution! I am happy with this experience. It will help me to choose my breeding stock, my yearlings and my 2 year-olds "
Johan Hellander, Veterinarian and Manager of Menhammar
“We have full confidence in this technology. The research has offered us an exciting opportunity that we make use of.”
Markku Nieminen, trainer and coachman, France
I think that the development in this area is excellent and it brings a new tool for all of us involved in harness racing. This easy-to-use gene test provides valuable information about the genetic potential of a horse.
Bengt Ågerup, Stall Zet
“If there is French blood in the pedigree, I will only buy young horses that have been tested with SynchroGait®.
Jan-Olov Persson, trainer and coachman of Coldblooded trotters.
SynchroGait gives us a better understanding of why Coldblooded trotters move in the way they do. This discovery confirms something that I’d suspected for some time – that there is a gene that has a major impact on trotting technique.
Daniel Redén, trainer and coachman of standardbred trotters
It’s not until you have trained the horse for a while, and reached a high speed in trot, that you can tell if the horse is a natural trotter. The CA horses I have trained had difficulties in coordinating leg movements at high speed trot. They improve after considerable training but to some extent the phenomenon is still there. When I think about horses that I have trained, I suspect quite a few of them were CA.
Jeanette & Niclas Olofsson, New Track AB
We use this test for our broodmares. We want to make sure that none of our breeding mares has the unfavourable gene variant for trotting ability. Breeding is difficult enough as it is!”
Well known breeder, researcher, FEIF international breeding judge, member of the FEIF Breeding Judges Committee and new breeding leader of Iceland.
Þorvaldur Kristjánsson has a PhD degree from Agricultural University of Iceland. His research focused on riding ability in Icelandic Horses and involved the effect of the DMRT3 gene.
-The DMRT3 genotype probability can be estimated with high confidence for many horses. However, the genotyping of four-gaited horses should be of special interest to breeders as they are a mixed group of AA and C- horses and the possible genotypes result in different gaiting ability, which can affect their suitability for i.e. the different sport disciplines. In sport competitions for four-gaited horses, attributes such as suspension and clear beat in trot and canter are especially sought-after. Four-gaited stallions that are heterozygous for the ‘Gait keeper’ mutation are therefore of value in the breeding of excellent four-gaited competition horses. Through genotyping, the mating of two CA horses can be avoided, as there is a 25% chance of a CC offspring with a presumed inaptitude for tölt.
So, the genoyping of four-gaited horses, whose genotype cannot be estimated with 100% probability, should be of great value to their owners and result in better matings.
Breeder and board member of SIF-avel (Swedish association for breeders)
-I use SynchroGait® as a tool for planning my breeding. I try to find suitable combinations with the information that I receive from the test, combinations that will hopefully give me offspring with the qualities I am looking for in their gaits.
For me, it is important to be able to use four-gaited stallions on four-gaited mares without the risk of producing CC offspring.