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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 606142.

The Horsegene Project: check out the project video here!

Osteochondrosis, insect bite hypersensitivity and chronic progressive lymphedema are heritable diseases that cause significant problems in horse industry. To develop genomic tools for breeding against these heritable diseases in horses, several European research groups have recently obtained an EU FP7 grant. The HORSEGENE project brings together researchers and representatives of several universities and equine associations to identify associated genetic markers and optimize breeding strategies to improve equine welfare and reduce economic losses due to these diseases.

The HORSEGENE project brings together the efforts of European research groups that have been working on the genetics of disease susceptibility in horses for many years. Researchers from the KU Leuven (Belgium), Animal Health Trust (Great Britain), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden) and Wageningen University (the Netherlands), as well as representatives of several equine associations, laboratories, studbooks and stud farms will collaborate to achieve our collective goal. The HORSEGENE project concerns research for SME associations, lasts for three years and the total project budget amounts to 2.39 million euro.


  • Final workshop at Diepensteyn (Belgium). Project results are now available here!

    November 2016


  • November 2016: Final workshop at KU Leuven and Diepensteyn (Belgium)
  • September 2015: Management and technical meeting at Nottingham (UK)
  • February 5-6 2015: Management and technical meeting at SLU (Sweden)
  • November 20-21 2014: Workshop on DNA Analysis by WUR
  • March 12-13: Kick Off meeting in Leuven

Press Release

  • Official Press Release
  • Press release of Wageningen University (Nl)