Breeding for Blankets – Case Study #2
As there is no single pattern-causing gene that governs the highly desirable blanketed pattern, breeding for blankets can result in extremely variable outcomes, including no coat pattern at all. However, it is possible to stack the odds of producing blanketed foals in your favour, if you are very careful about the stallion and mare that you use.
In our second Breeding for Blankets case study, we’re exploring a magic cross that has resulted in blanketed foals from every mating.
Since we can’t yet DNA test for the modifiers that combine to create blankets, we’ll take you through the process we used to determine the genetic make up of the stallion and the mare, based on their appearance, parents and progeny, and show you what to look for.