Most breed registries require DNA testing to verify animal identity and parentage prior to registration or breeding. If you plan on submitting the results to your horse’s registry, check with them first to establish if you need to have a veterinarian collect the sample to verify the animal’s identity.
The CAG Horse Identity test is a “DNA fingerprint” profile that establishes your horse’s identity. If the horse is stolen or goes missing, the results of the this test can prove the horse’s identity and your ownership, even if a microchip has been removed or altered. If you are purchasing a horse and having it shipped to you, you can personally take hair samples upon purchase and again upon delivery, to confirm that the correct horse was delivered. The DNA Identity profile stays the same throughout the horse’s life.
The DNA markers in the CAG Horse Identity test are based on the internationally-recognized International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG) microsattelite testing panel, and can thus be directly compared to results from other laboratories using this panel.
Each animal sampled is assigned a unique CAG-animal ID number, so if you want to have further tests performed in the future, only this number needs to be cited.
Note: This is not a breed-identification test.