Characteristic and trait of inheritance

Another gene, MATP, determines the different variations of the colour cream. Depending on the expression of the basic colours chestnut, brown or black several variations of the colour cream are possible.
Horses that do not carry the gene for the colour cream (c/c) show one of the basic colours chestnut, brown or black.
Horses that carry one copy of the cream gene (C/c) show diluted colours: Chestnut is diluted to palomino; bay is diluted to buckskin and black is diluted to smoky black.
Horses that carry two copies of the cream gene (C/C) show double diluted colours: Chestnut is diluted to cremello; bay is diluted to perlino and black is diluted to smoky cream.
Our test specifically detects a mutation in the MATP gene, which has been shown to be responsible for the described cream colours. Other genes or mutations causing similar coat colours are not identified by this test.


All breed

Test duration

3-5 days after arrival of the sample in the lab


The DNA test is performed out of EDTA blood or or 20-30 hair roots from mane or tail. Test kits can be ordered free of charge. (order-form). If hair is sent in, possibly the genetic material is not sufficient to run the test. In this case it would be best to send in an EDTA blood sample.

Testing procedure

Please send in your sample together with the lab order genetic. Results will be transmitted optionally via post, fax or email. After completion of the test you will receive a separate invoice. Payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer.
Breeding club discounts apply if a copy of the membership card is sent together with the respective samples. Due to administrative reasons the invoiced price can not be altered subsequently.


Please contact our molecular biology team for further questions.

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D-97688 Bad Kissingen

Telefon: +49 (0)971 72020
Fax: +49 (0)971 68546


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