Despite the fact that the American Quarter Horse Association currently only requires stallions to be 5 panel tested, we at Sterling Equine genetic test all of the mares and stallions in our breeding program. Working closely with our vet, we make the health of every horse at Sterling Equine a priority. AQHA and UC Davis’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory work closely together to provide testing for HYPP, PSSMI, MH, GBED, and HERDA. The effects of these genetic diseases are varied from mild to severe and sometimes terminal. By knowing the outcome of these tests, we are better informed for making decisions come breeding season. We believe in sparing the animals and their future owners unexpected suffering related to these conditions. If you want to know more about these individual diseases, check out AQHA’s article.