If You Want a Superstar Horse, Start by Hacking Its DNA

Stallion running Young's Paso Fino Ranch in Ocala, Florida

By Lexi Pandell

YOU SHOULD NEVER look a gift horse in the mouth, but you just might want to look in its genes.

Just as humans artificially bred bulldogs from domesticated wolves, they’ve also tampered with equines, selecting particular horses for their pedigrees, athletic abilities, and looks. It usually takes several generations of hit-or-miss breeding to instill traits into stock. But today, breeders and owners look to genetics to produce the exact horses they want. And sometimes the difference comes down to a single gene or mutation. Read more here.


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