BIG HORSE, little horse.
Does size matter?
The researchers at Cornell University think so. They are studying the genetics of equine body size to learn more about how genes make us grow and influence our breed-specific traits, as well as how genes affect disease growth. Marley and I are participating in the study because we want to help horses live healthier lives.
If you are a horse or pony that would like to help, and you are at least 4 years old or full grown, here's what you will need to provide:
- Tail hairs containing your DNA.
- 35 body measurements from the length of your ears to the circumference of your hind cannon bone.
- A 3-generation pedigree, so they can be sure horses in the study are unrelated (have a different dam and sire).
- Profile photos
I'm getting measured today and I will try not to "whooooooosh" in anyone's face. But I am a horse and I eat a lot of fiber, so I can't promise.
Read more about the study and how you can participate in Equine Study Needs Participants.