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Cool Moonlight, HERDA victim

2016 APHA PASSES HERDA rule change RG-110


Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia
(HERDA) is a genetic skin disease predominantly found in the American Quarter Horse.

Special thanks to the AQHA board members on the DNA testing 2013.

Genetic Testing AQHA offers a five-panel genetic test for HYPP, PSSM, MH, GBED and HERDA. The American Quarter Horse Association April 30, 2013.

Affected horses have extremely fragile skin that tears easily and exhibits impaired healing. In horses with HC, the skin separates between the deep and superficial dermis. There is no cure. Most affected individuals receive an injury they cannot heal, and are euthanized. Managed breeding strategy is currently the only option for reducing the incidence of the disease. This is also found in many humans.

EDS in humans, many people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome have soft, velvety skin that is highly elastic (stretchy) and fragile. Affected individuals tend to bruise easily.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of disorders that affect connective tissues, which are tissues that support the skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs. Defects in connective tissues cause the signs and symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which vary from mildly loose joints to life-threatening complications.

Cool Moonlite and Jerry Kemperman trained by Kelly Jecmen at the All American Quarter Horse Congress is the World's Largest Single-Breed Horse Show. The show received more than 20,000 horse show entries in 2012 ...



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