- Nov 29, 2009
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I am a small breeder of miniature horses and have a specific goal in mind. To breed quality miniature horses of dilute pinto coloring that can perform (for our young riders and driving). heights are between 30-34 inches of my breeding stock. I previously bred Arabians and do consider myself as a knowledgeable and responsible breeder. Prior to breeding/purchasing a horse for my program which is young and I am still considering breeding stock, I put the horse through a series of evaluations first I research the pedigree and bloodlines which has been quite challaging due to all the unknowns. when I visit the horse I look at the confirmation (horse must be standing square and not stretched), measured, bite checked, health of hooves,and overall general health. Then I have the horse do a series of movements to judge traction, gaits, and action. Next is disposition definately has to be good. All my minis have passed this assesment. The horse in question I purchased early spring of 2010 and from internet research his bloodlines have according to the general census has produced a dwarf. This does concern me greatly and I have searched for everthing I can find about dwarfism. Including the 2007 thread with John ( Dwarfism in miniatures) in this forum. I do have some knowledge about genectics but I am not an expert. I am currently trying to decide where do I go from here. I've invested a lot into my small herd and can not "start over" although I may (undecided ) add a couple of quality individuals, I will probably never breed a 100 horses in my lifetime. Now according to my searching 25% of the foals from 2 carriers are normal without the dwarfism gene/disease my horse is not a dwarf and niether is the foal. The pictures I've seen of dwarfs and thier parents to me have poor conformation who I would not include in my breeding program. But I cannot say that I have seen many dwarf miniatures. I am unsure if there is a direct connection betwwen conformation and dwarfism. I also don't know if there have been any recent advancements in the research on dwarfisnm in miniatures. Finally is there a way aside from aquiring a confirmed dwarf producer and breeding this cross multiple times (I do not really want to do this) is there any way I can find out if my horse is a carrier or if I am lucky enough to have one of the 25% normal. If there is genectic testing I WILL HAVE IT DONE. Please be kindin your advise and responses as this is very upsetting for me.