Mares and foals
Genetic mutations, like the one that causes HERDA, not only take a toll monetarily but, more importantly, can cost the horse significantly in quality of life. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis can help breeders avoid that scenario. Photo by Kate Bradley Byars.

Simply Selection Part 2: The Cost of Genetic Diagnosis

For breeders who are focused on producing competitive horses, the initial cost to perform genetic diagnosis may seem high, but it is far outweighed by the expense that accompanies caring for a mare who carries a foal affected by a debilitating disease to term.