The Arabian VGnome

A personalized and preemptive approach to Arabian health

Arabian horses are widely believed to be one of the oldest breeds in the world, some enthusiasts even say the breed dates to the times of King Solomon.  

Renowned for their athletic traits, such as speed, hardiness, and stamina, the breed is unfortunately susceptible to several serious genetic disorders.

Not knowing which horses carry genetic diseases dramatically increases the risk of breeding a diseased foal.  By using the Victory Genomics Arabian whole genome test, it is possible to confirm or exclude suspected inherited disorders and determine whether broodmares or stallions are at risk of developing or passing on a genetic disease.

In the past, luck was the key ingredient to breeding a high quality foal, but our science-backed genomic testing solution can dramatically improve the odds in your favor.

Likewise, the results can be used for research purposes or for personal interest, to better understand your Arabian horse’s ancestry, purity and heritage.

What’s included in the Arabian VGnome?

Health Panel

Discover horses at risk for genetic conditions. Using this information, breeders and owners can avoid producing offspring that are affected.


This horse is a carrier of Cerebellar Abiotrophy. Cerebellar Abiotrophy is the most reported brain disease in horses. This condition is caused by the loss of brain cells (called Purkinje cells) in the cerebellum (the part of the brain that controls a horse’s sensory perception and the ability to coordinate physical movements). 

Performance Panel

Find out whether your horse has the potential to excel in specific disciplines by testing for desirable performance and behavioral traits. 


The ACOX1 gene encodes the enzyme called acyl-coenzyme A oxidase 1, which is the first enzyme in the fatty acid β-oxidation pathway. This pathway oxidizes fat from the diet or the horse’s body to produce slow-burning energy, either during periods of starvation or for long-distance endurance, as glycogen burns out and is utilized too quickly.

Color Panel

Although many genes influence coat color in horses, there are just three genes that create the recognized colors of purebred Arabian horses. By testing for coat color heritability, you can build on your knowledge of genetics and apply it to breeding selections.


This horse has a chestnut base coat and carries one variant of the genetic variant responsible for graying. The genetic variant that causes graying has been linked with an unusually high risk of dermal melanoma. It is thought that horses with two copies of the dominant form of the mutation (GG) are at greater risk than those with only one dominant form (Gg).   

Ancestry Panel

Globally, there are more than 58 million horses and more than 500 domestic breeds. The results of genetic testing can be used to prove a horse’s lineage and to find out its closest genetic relatives. Testing is in accordance with the requirements of the International Stud Book Committee (ISBC).


This horse traces some of its ancestry back to Arabian horses bred by Bedouin tribes. Many of these horses are associated with the Egyptian stud farm of Abbas Pasha or the Egyptian Royal Agricultural Society.”

Ready to find out more about your Arabian horse?

Evidence-based and actionable recommendations on breeding and training from our team of experts

Unparalleled whole genome coverage and one of the most extensive ranges of genetic variants in a single test.

Uniform coverage of the entire nuclear genome (>20,000 genes) and mitochondrial genome, with >97% of the genome covered at ≥10x.

Victory Genomics are the only genetic testing company to provide comprehensive multi-page reports on individual horses that can guide health, training, breeding, and welfare decisions now and in the future.

Testing is as easy as mailing a postcard, thanks to our pre-paid packaging kit.

Each horse’s data is only available to you and is banked securely in the VG (Victory Genomics) Database.

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