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In our initial communication about WFFS we suggested that all warmblood stallions be tested and mentioned that all warmbloods are affected which, of course, includes the mares as well.
The AWR now requires ALL breeders to test their entire breeding stock (mares and stallions) to avoid – unknowingly –breeding two carrier warmbloods with the possibility of a fatal genetic mutation.
So, consider the following cases:
If a mare owner intends to breed to an untested stallion, the mare should be WFFS tested to avoid the possibility of a carrier (mare) to carrier (stallion) breeding. The risk remains though that an untested stallion may be a carrier stallion.
It is also recommended that the owner of a WFFS carrier stallion should require from the mare owner to present a negative WFFS test result in order to a breeding contract coming to fruition.
Stallion owners are encouraged to always make the WFFS test results public, and mare owners should thoroughly enquire before they make a breeding decision.
But remember: Once a genetic mutation has entered into a population, it will stay in that population.
The American Warmblood Registry is of the belief that incidences of fatal WFFS mutation will remain rare when warmblood breeding is managed wisely and correctly.
We will continue to do research on the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome to support our members in the best possible way.
WFFS test order forms are available on our website under Forms & Documents, or just call us.
News have recently appeared through various channels concerning WFFS, a genetic defect of connective tissue found in warmblood populations. Signs of the disease include abnormally thin and fragile skin, hyperextension of limb articulations, hematomas, premature births, and others. Newborn foals have to be euthanized as this condition, unfortunately, is untreatable.
WFFS is inherited as an ‘autosomal recessive defect’ which means that both male and female horses are equally affected and that two copies of the mutation are needed to cause this fatal disorder. Horses that carry one copy do not show any WFFS defect but can, as ‘carriers’, transmit the mutation to 50% of their offspring. Mating of two carriers provides a 25% chance of producing WFFS foals.
The incidence of carriers in the Warmblood Horse world is estimated by scientists at 9-11%, some say 10-15%!
The WFFS mutation occurs in warmblood horse populations that include nearly all major European horse breeds such as Hanoverians, Selle Francais, KWPN, Oldenburg, Westphalians, Trakehners, Holsteiners, etc. etc. and their cross breeds.
So what should warmblood horse breeders do now to make responsible breeding decisions, i.e. to ensure that their own stallions and/or broodmares are free of this defect and do not transmit the fatal mutation to their offspring and/or to outside warmbloods?
AWR has teamed up with UC Davis to offer WFFS testing for all their registered and DNA typed warmbloods without having to send in another hair sample which makes it very simple. There is a test order form available on the AWR website; alternatively, test orders can be called in. WFFS tests can also be ordered in conjunction with the DNA typing of newly registered warmbloods.
Mare owners planning to obtain semen from foreign or US-based/bred stallions should request proof that the chosen stallion is NOT a WFFS carrier.
AWR will keep you informed as things develop. Please contact us directly if you have questions.
For the Attention of Show Organizers and Competitors
There seems to be some confusion about the documentation of Flu/Rhino vaccinations. Rule Art 6.3 says that equines entering an event venue must have had Flu/Rhino vaccinations within 6 months prior to entering that venue. This is usually done twice a year…My ponies are vaccinated in January and June because it’s easier for me to remember. (Here in Florida, I also vaccinate for Eastern/ Western/West Nile and Rabies, although not on the same day. Those vaccinations don’t have to be documented.)Documentation can be either a receipt/letter on the Vet’s letterhead stating the name, serial number and expiration date of the vaccine, a passport (National or FEI) which is filled in with the same information and is signed and stamped by the Vet or, in the case of a vaccination given by the Person Responsible (usually the owner) a signed receipt showing purchase of the vaccine.In the case of the PR giving the shot, the PR must have a receipt from the Vet or Clinic from whom they purchased the vaccine which cites the name of the Clinic or Vet, the name, serial number and expiration of the vaccine. Usually this winds up being the cash/credit card/check receipt.
What Organizers ask for is proof that the animal actually received the shot. In the case of the Vet/Clinic’s letter, that is pretty conclusive evidence that the vaccination was given. Same with a passport as the Vet has to sign both of those documents.
The Organizer has to take the PR’s word for it that the shot was given as the only documentation is a receipt. There isn’t a Vet signature and stamp. I do suppose that provides a chance that the receipt was faked and the shot wasn’t actually given. Why (or how) anyone would do this is a mystery as the vaccinations are for the good of the animal and the peace of mind of the Owner and other competitors.
There is a third situation which happens when an animal has had a bad reaction to the vaccine. In that case, the PR has to have a Vet’s letter stating that the animal cannot be given the vaccination. Then the PR must be able, if asked, to furnish a log of the animal’s temperature taken twice daily for a week before the competition. Temps also must be taken twice daily while on the show grounds and a log of those shown to the Organizer, TD or Steward when asked for.
The Organizer merely wants proof that the vaccination was given. Any of the above methods of proof are acceptable.
According to the new rulings, USEF/FEI and some of their affiliates now require across the board microchipping, i.e. for passports, registration cards, competitions, etc.
The American Warmblood Registry therefore highly recommends its members to microchip their foals and all their registered horses!
A microchip also identifies a horse in case it gets lost or stolen.
Our at-cost price includes the microchip and lifetime enrollment in the Equine Protection Registry EPR.
It is as easy as this: AWR will send you the ordered microchip/s and enroll your horse in the EPR. The microchip ID will also appear on the Certificate of Registration for all newly registered horses. YOUR task as the horse owner is to have your veterinarian implant the microchip, return the filled in Microchip Implantation Certificate to our Office which gets the actual enrollment process started, and THEN report the microchip ID to all relevant organisations like US Equestrian, USDF, USHJA, etc.
Here is the Microchip Order Form.
American Warmblood Registry
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Congratulations to the youngster LOVIN LIFE FLF
(Le Andros/FoxTrot, owned by Juliana Whittenburg of Flying Lion Farm, FL)
with his great trainer Phoebe Devoe-Moore and even greater rider Matty Harrel
on winning the AWR High Point Award at the
DRESSAGE AT THE MEADOW
(A Great American/USDF Dressage Championships Qualifier, recognized by the USDF)