Genetic Research – Speed and Endurance

In the last article in this series we looked at the domestication and emergence of the various horse breeds under new genetic findings. This second part will deal with various traits, such as the genetic basis for speed and endurance.

Since the domestication of the horse until today, humans have created a large number of different horse breeds, which have the most varied properties, depending on what their area of use is. It is therefore not surprising that different horse breeds also have different dispositions to build muscle mass. There are short-distance runners (sprinters) who have to exert high power over a short period of time and distance, such as the Quarter Horse, which is bred for 400 m races. And then there are long-distance runners (stamina), whose strength is the persistent muscle work in long races, up to endurance rides of 160 km.


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