SynchroGait® is a DNA test that is based on a research project in which we identified a gene variant that has a major impact on the gait and limb coordination of horses. This exciting discovery was the first of its kind and was published 2012 in Nature, a well-respected scientific journal. Since then, numerous scientific studies, performed by different international research teams, have been published and confirmed the importance of this gene variant.
The SynchroGait® test enables you to identify a key genetic factor influencing the coordination of limbs. It can be used to predict performance in two main categories of horse breeds:
- Trotting technique in breeds used for harness racing
- Capacity for alternative gaits in specific breeds of riding horses
The test enables you to optimize the capacity for harness racing through informed breeding decisions, something that is important both from a financial perspective but also a horse well being perspective. It provides valuable information for matching the right horse to the right rider and discipline and lays the foundation for a successful relationship between rider and horse.
Standardbred, French Trotter
- Show whether your horse has an innate ability for high-speed regular trotting
- AA horses are more likely to race professionally and earn more money at an early age compared to CA and CC horses
- French trotters have a much higher frequency of the unfavourable C allele than Standardbred trotters that are usually AA
- The trotting technique of horses correlates well with their genotype (CC, CA or AA)
- CA horses that were tested earned almost twice as much as CC horses between the ages of three and six years.
- In a blind study the racing capacity for AA and CA horses was assessed to be significantly higher than for CC horses
- AA horses earn on average almost twice as much as the CA horses and five times as much as CC horses at the age of 3-6 years
- AA horses have on average higher breeding values (BLUP) than CA and AA horses
- AA is permissive for pace
- CA horses have on average higher scores for the basic gaits
Other gaited breeds, Morgan horse
- SynchroGait® is used to test horses’ natural capacity for alternative gaits
- CC horses are most often “three-gaited”, many CA horses can be taught how to amble and many AA horses are classified as “easy-gaited” horses with capacity for both ambling gaits and pace
Standardbred used for riding
- AA horses frequently have the capacity to learn how to amble under saddle
- CA and CC horses have, on average, better balance in canter and may be easier to adopt to dressage and show jumping