Does your horse have the genetic potential to be a successful trotting horse?

The fact that far from all Standardbreds ever start racing professionally shows how important it is to be able to predict the future performance of your horse. The success of your horse depends on many different factors – the SynchroGait test enables you to identify one highly important genetic factor: a genetic predisposition for regular trotting at high speed. One of the key concerns of anyone who works with trotting horses is for their horses to start racing professionally. This is more likely to take place if your horse has two copies of the favourable genetic variant. 



How can this test help you?

  • Save money by not investing in horses that need more training before they can start racing professionally
  • Quicker progress in your breeding work
  • You receive information about your horse’s genetic potential for regular trotting at high speed
  • Test a youngster for its genetic potential even before it has been trained

Research results in brief

  • In a blind study of 61 horses, two had difficulties to keep a clean trot at competition pace. Both were CA, while all the others were AA
  • Out of a hundred horses tested from the same age group, 8% of the horses that did not start racing professionally and 0% of the top horses were CA
  • AA horses had a significantly higher breeding value (BLUP) than CA horses
  • AA horses earned significantly more prize money than CA horses
  • A difference of more than SEK 50,000 in prize money was observed in a comparison of CA and AA offspring between the ages of three and five that came from the same stallion. A significantly higher percentage of CA offspring never started to race professionally
  • CC and CA appear more frequently in French horses, which helps to explain why they tend not to be natural trotting horses (at hight speed)

Read more about SynchroGait® for other breeds here.



If a CA horse is crossed with an AA horse, the expected frequency of AA foals is 50%, while the other 50% is expected to be CA.

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The DNA tests are preformed on a hair sample or a cheek swap depending on which laboratory is used. Order sample kits and follow the easy instructions for sampling. 


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Comments from a coachman

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.


Daniel Redén, trainer and coachman of standardbred trotters

29 August 2012