Posted today by Rick Helmink on the WFFS Awareness Group Facebook page: The Danish Blue Hors stud farm has announced that three of their 10 approved stallions have tested positive and are carriers of the WFFS gene.
Blue Hors Veneziano (2010/DWB: Vivaldi - Dorina x Blue Hors Don Schufro) – in breeding since 2015 with four foal crops
Blue Hors Emilio (2014/Westf: Escolar - La Fraviata x Lauries Crusador xx) – one foal crop
Blue Hors Londoner (2015/Hann: Londontime - Duffy x Danone I) – 2018 has been his first covering season
Blue Hors manager, Esben Møller expressed his shock at the result, stating that “Three out of ten stallions is a lot. This can be an indication that the gene defect occurs more often than previously thought.” All three stallions have been temporarily withdrawn from breeding.
To date, no breeders have reported foals with defects, but Blue Hors veterinarian Jesper Møller Nielsen has advised breeders and owners with offspring from these three carrier stallions to have their offspring tested.