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Getting to the Root

Getting a hair root for your horse's genetic tests doesn't have to be a battle.


I need to order a genetic test for my horse. What's the best way to get root when pulling hair from my horse's mane?

-- Dina Allen
Starkville, Mississippi


You should pull your horse's hair from above the withers (at the withers will be too fine and tends to break off). If you pull evenly and directly away from the neck, the hair will generally come out by the roots.

-- Tammy Canida, AQHA director of registration operations

For more information, visit this article about AQHA's five-panel genetic test or this page about genetic testing. AQHA's five-panel genetic test is $85 for AQHA members and tests for HYPP, PSSM, MH, GBED and HERDA.