Of the many genetic disorders in the world, there are thousands that affect animals. Of those that affect animals, many affect horses and some are breed specific.
There are four genetic conditions specific to Arabian horses which usually result in death or euthanasia of an affected animal. These are:
- Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder (SCID) (test available)
- Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA) (test available)
- Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS) (test available)
- Occipital Atlanto-Axial Malformation (OAAM)
Testing for SCID, CA, LFS and OAAM is available to horse owners in Australia.
Stallions – The AHSA has implemented the compulsory testing of Arabian stallions standing at stud.
Mares – Before any foal born after 1/8/2016, that is out of an Arabian mare that was born after 1/8/2000, can be registered the mare must have SCID, LFS & CA results on file with the Society.