Equine DNA Testing for Parentage Verification
This genetic test for horses is fast, affordable, and accurate.
How do I get Proof of Parentage for a Foal?
Whether you need proof of parentage for your new equine addition or would like to offer your purchasers DNA-certified pedigrees, the DNA-testing professionals at DDC are ready to help. You can trust us for fast results, 5-star service, and friendly customer service.
Name: Horse Parentage DNA Test
DNA Samples: Hair Collected at Home
Cost: $38 per Sample Tested
Results: Within 10 Business Days after Receipt of Samples
Details about DDC Equine DNA Testing for Parentage
Parentage for horses can be definitively established using PCR DNA technology. For parentage testing, the DDC team uses an optimized 22-DNA marker panel plus a gender marker. A typical test includes both parents. If the dam is not available, please contact us for more information about extended-test options for equine DNA testing for parentage.
You collect the DNA samples using hair from the main of an adult horse or hair from the tail of a foal—it’s easy! Click for DIY instructions.
Once results are ready, DDC emails a detailed parentage report showing inclusion or exclusion of each sire tested along with a DNA Profile summary page. Results are reported as:
- Parentage qualifies (inclusion of sire and dam): Both the sire and dam matched the offspring (foal) at all 22 DNA markers
- Parentage does not qualify (exclusion of sire, dam is included): The dam matched the offspring (foal), but the possible sire did not match the offspring and is not the sire.
DNA results are emailed within 10 business days, once samples are received at the laboratory.
NOTE: This test does not determine the breed make-up or lineage of a horse. It is for direct parentage only.
DIY Kit: Horse DNA Testing Collection Instructions
DNA samples for horse DNA parentage are collected and mailed to our laboratory by the customer. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully.
FAQs: More About this Test
Q: Why should I send the mother’s sample if I already know she is the mom?
Q: What type of sample is needed?
Q: If my horse has already been DNA-proﬁled through DDC Veterinary, do I need to send another sample?
A: No. We can access our database to retrieve the DNA Profile information for horses we have tested. You can provide us with the DNA ID number for that previously-tested horse and we will include it in a new parentage evaluation. There is a $10 fee to include each previously-tested profile in a new parentage-evaluation case.