Equine Color Genetics

Equine Color Genetics

by D. Phillip Sponenberg, Sponenberg
     
 

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Equine Color Genetics, Third Edition, presents the most recent advances in color genetics for breeders of horses, donkeys, and mules. The book provides valuable information that enables breeders to tailor their breeding programs to maximize desired color outcomes and minimize undesired color. The text bridges the gap between the scientific and lay

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Equine Color Genetics, Third Edition, presents the most recent advances in color genetics for breeders of horses, donkeys, and mules. The book provides valuable information that enables breeders to tailor their breeding programs to maximize desired color outcomes and minimize undesired color. The text bridges the gap between the scientific and lay communities without ignoring the intricate and complex issues involved in horse and donkey color genetics. This new edition presents more explicit and detailed explanations than were previously possible, including a more extensive Appaloosa section. The section on donkey colors includes the results of studies in the genetic control of color in this species, which will greatly assist donkey breeders as they tailor breeding programs to their own goals.

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From the Publisher
“This update... has a considerable amount of new information.... the author has succeeded in producing the definitive work on coat color in horses. This excellent book is unique in its field for its breadth and depth. The color photographs alone make it worth its moderate price. The new edition is necessary for anyone interested in the updated material on the genetics of coat color. I recommend it to horse breeders, animal scientists, and geneticists who are interested in a fascinating and convoluted topic.” Doody’s Reviews, September 2009

"A fascinating book, filled with color photos of really beautiful horse and donkey colors, some I never knew existed, and many unusual and beautiful breeds. In addition, there are numerous charts of color breeding expectations and effects of colors on colors." - Veterinary Information Network

“The latest advances in color genetics for breeders of horses, donkeys and mules provides a blend of science and owner's guide and provides vets and equine breeders with many specifics including discussions of five new colors.” - Midwest Book Review, July 2009

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: R. Dean Scoggins, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an uncomplicated and useful approach to understanding horse and burro color patterns as well as the various subtleties that exist. The book consists eight chapters, four appendixes, and a bibliography. Chapter 8 consists of 102 full-color illustrations accompanied by descriptions of both common and unique coat patterns. The appendixes contain groupings of the various shades of a color and results of crossing of different colors in a breeding program. The probable genetic makeup of a variety of horse and burro colors is included.
Purpose: The purpose of providing a guide to horse and burro coat colors as well as a genetic roadmap for studying these colors is well met.
Audience: Anyone who is a student of the horse will find this book useful. Breeders, veterinarians, teachers, veterinary students, and equine science students should all find this book a valuable addition to their libraries.
Features: The color illustrations of chapter 8 are especially effective at clarifying the descriptions in the text. Along with the more frequently seen colors, several unusual patterns are shown, such as brindle, striped, and champagne. This is an attractive, easily read, and durable-looking book that should stand up to regular usage and remain relevant indefinitely.
Assessment: This appears to be a very useful, clearly written book that can help to consistently identify both horse and burro standard coat colors along with their variations. It defines coat colors in a way that allows anyone with the power of observation to learn to quite consistently determine a horse's basic color pattern. Animal science and veterinary libraries should find this a useful addition to their materials. Individuals with an interest in horses will find it a useful reference. The lack of an index does not detract because of the size and layout of this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813813646
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,078,176
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

D. Phillip Sponenberg is professor of pathology and genetics at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, and has worked in the field of animal color genetics for nearly three decades. His work with rare breed conservation, largely through the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, has provided ample opportunity to pursue the variations and details of color in several uncommon but important breeds

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