Since recently, Dutch horse-owners are getting worried about the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS). Tests for this hereditary disorder are already available abroad and can now also be done by Anigen. It is a simple DNA test for which sending in a few hairs of the horse is enough. A foal with WFFS can abort during pregnancy, be born too early, and/or be born with abnormalities.
The important abnormalities that can be prevented are for example a very fragile skin or overextension of the joints. Affected foals usually pass way a few weeks after birth or must be put down.
WFFS is, as far as known, inherited recessively. Do you want to know more about heredity and disorders?
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WFFS in the news:
– Skin malformations in a neonatal foal tested homozygous positive for Warmblood Fragile
– Foal Syndrome; Chloé Monthoux, Simone de Brot, Michelle Jackson, Ulrich Bleul and Jasmin
– Walter; BMC Veterinary Research 2015.