Genetic Welfare Problems of Companion Animals

An information resource for prospective pet owners

horse welfare


The collection of information and development of this site is a `work in progress'. Non-inclusion of a breed or condition at this time does not necessarily mean that the breed has no genetic disorders or that the condition is not a problem.

NB. Conditions are described on a breed-by-breed basis. It should not be assumed that the conditions listed here occur only in the breed in which they are described. They may occur in other breeds (and in cross-breeds) also. We hope to be able to develop the website to give broader coverage in due course.


Click on a breed to go to the list of conditions for which information is available on this site:

Credits for photo above: ©

American Miniature Horse  © 

American Paint Horse ©

Arabian Horse  ©

Belgian Draft Horse


Dales Pony By Darren Copley (Flickr: Wild Horses @ Walk to Wild Boar Fell) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Fell Pony ©

Quarter Horse©