How do we accomplish this?

In order to create an International DNA Databank we need as much DNA profiles as possible.
We can divide the Gypsy Horse stock into two groups: the ones that already have a DNA profile and the ones that don't.

For more information about how you (or your horse in this case) can join the database please look at the “Join” page.


How does the database work?


The database is a software program that was written for this purpose alone. This program gives us the possibility to run a query on every horse.

We compare the DNA profile of every horse that is added, to all the profiles that are already in the database with pressing just one button. We are talking about thousands of profiles.


The program then tells us which profiles match with the one we ran a query on. It gives us a list of all horses in the database, with the ones that match the most on top.

If horses match on all 17 markers this is considered a full match. Parent and child always (there are some exceptions) match on all 17 markers. So therefore if your horse matches on 17 markers with another horse in the database, this could mean they are parent and child.


The database compares the letters in each marker. The letters however are just a way to make the real DNA profile readable for us. We can never conclude that horses are related without having the lab look at the real DNA profiles. Before we order the lab to run the parentage test however, we also look at other factors like the age of the horses, where they are from originally, their height and of course color. That is why we ask you to give us as much information about your horse as possible and ask you to fill in a registration form.


Statistically it is possible that the letters in all 17 markers of two horses match in the database, but they are not related at all. That is why we do the background check first, it saves you money. If it turns out the horses can’t be related for example, we don’t have to order the lab to do a parentage test. If we would, it would come back negative.


Only if all the background information adds up we take the second step and have the lab check the match. If it turns out the match is valid (or invalid for that matter) you get an official rapport of the parentage test from the lab. You can add this rapport to the papers of your horse and send it to the studbook your horse is registered with.


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