Naked foal syndrome
I read “Genetic Test Now Available for Naked Foal Syndrome” (Medical Front, EQUUS 476), and I wanted to let your readers know that the website of the Akhal-Teke Association of America (www. akhal-teke.org) has more information on this condition and what the ATAA is doing to address it. So far, we have had 25 horses tested through our program and have published the results on our website.
While naked foal syndrome does not appear to be a large problem in our North American Akhal-Teke population, as we know of only one affected foal born approximately 20 years ago, we feel that helping to educate breeders and owners is the best way to eradicate this mutation. Cathy Leddy Snohomish, Washington