EQUINE NEWS

RESEARCHERS CONFIRM KISSING SPINES IS HEREDITARY

Scientists are rapidly homing in on the specific areas of the equine genome linked to this debilitating condition. Two Chromosomes 16 and 25, appear to have regions that affect the severity of kissing spines in Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds, and stock horse breeds and influence by other factors like height, sex, age etc. A third chromosome, Chromosome 14, seems to have a significant association with the presence or not of the disease regardless of its severity. Brooks and Whitaker presented the early results of their study at the 2020 American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Convention, held virtually.