GBED Carriers are NOT affected by the gene.
They are normal, healthy horses, like Overo Paints.
Only homozygous newborn foals are affected by GBED,
and these foals do not survive outside the womb.
GBED Carriers, by themselves, can not produce a GBED affected foal.
Only if both parents are GBED carriers, then
there is a one in four chance of producing a non-viable foal,
very much like Lethal White Overo.
There are no surviving homozygous GBED horses.
Every Overo horse carries a similar potentially lethal gene.
Carrying GBED does NOT affect a horse's
performance or ridden life,
it is only relevant in breeding.
There are many websites that explain the technical workings
of the GBED gene. Our favorite is here:
Cesaré does not stand to outside mares.
This is so we can ensure he does not breed
with any other GBED carriers.
All Cesaré's foals will be tested prior to sale,
and results will be included in For Sale pages.
Although Cesaré is a normal, healthy horse,
we are committed to the ultimate eradication
of all genetic disorders within the
Quarter Horse breed.
As a result, our long term strategy
is to breed a 5 panel negative son from Cesaré,
who will ultimately serve in Chez' place.
Cesaré will eventually make a wonderful
ridden gelding and will be retained
for working with sheep & cattle.