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Breeders and owners asked to assist in lordosis research

, Kentucky ­– The American Saddlebred Horse Association is asking breeders to assist in its ongoing research to find the genetic cause of lordosis.


ASHA has been funding research to find the genetic cause of lordosis in American Saddlebreds since 2003.  Dr. Patrick Gallagher, of PCG Equine Research, was selected by the Association’s board of directors to perform the research.


To further the research, hair samples of American Saddlebreds with lordosis are needed to look at the DNA basis of the trait.  Also, for those who want to make a generous contribution, plan for a necropsy before an American Saddlebred with lordosis dies or has to be euthanized.  Diagnostic lab centers in several states have agreed to perform necropsies at the expense of ASHA.


For more information on the Association’s research or to volunteer hair samples or for information on necropsies, please contact Dr. Gallagher by calling (312) 498-5411 or e-mail


Alan F. Balch, ASHA executive secretary, said this research and the assistance from our members is vital to the future of the American Saddlebred.


“At our Annual Meeting in February, Dr. Gallagher presented a very thorough and informative presentation on his findings thus far,” Balch said.  “He also asked for our members’ assistance and everyone present seemed very eager to contribute.  We still need that eagerness today.”


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