Connemara Hoof Wall Separation Disease: we need just ONE sample from a carrier!

Connemara Hoof Wall Separation Disease is an inherited disorder where affected ponies have their hoof wall easily break away from the underlying tissue.

In severe cases they end up walking on their soles. It’s an autosomal recessive disease, meaning that it can occur in either sex and that an affected pony will have inherited one copy of the gene from each parent. Ponies that have just one copy of the gene are called carriers, and don’t show signs of the disorder.

Testing is currently available at UC Davis, but we would love to make it directly available here too. We are almost ready to go … just one more carrier sample is required!

Please contact us if you can help!

Connemara Hoof Wall Separation
Hoof from a Connemara pony foal affected with hoof wall separation disease (HWSD). (A) Note the dorsal hoof wall separation at the sole and (1B) proliferative horn on the solar aspect of the hoof (1B). (1C) A sagittal section. Originally published in PLOS
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