OMIA:001715-319699 : Gaitedness in Equus asinus x caballus (mule)

In other species: ass (donkey) , horse

Categories: Normal phene

Possibly relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) (MIM number): 614754 (gene)

Links to MONDO diseases: No links.

Mendelian trait/disorder: unknown

Considered a defect: no

Cross-species summary: All horses have three naturally occurring gaits, namely (in order of increasing speed) walk (four-beat, lateral), trot (two-beat, diagonal) and gallop (four-beat). Some breeds of horse exhibit more than one form of a particular gait, particularly at intermediate speeds. The alternate forms of intermediate-speed gait are classified as pace (a two-beat gait) or ambling (a four-beat gait), which can be regular (including the Tölt gait of Icelandic horses), lateral or diagonal. Some breeds are four-gaited (e.g. walk, tölt, trot and gallop) and others are five-gaited (e.g. walk, tölt, trot, gallop and pace). "Gaitedness" is the ability to exhibit alternate forms of gait. Gaited breeds included Icelandic horses, Kentucky mountain saddle horse, Missouri fox trotter, Paso fino, Peruvian paso, and Rocky mountain horse, Tennessee walking horse. Non-gaited breeds include Arabian horse, Gotland pony, North-Swedish draft horse, Przewalski’s horse, Shetland pony, Swedish ardennes, Swedish warmblood, and Thoroughbred. (Information taken from Andersson et al., 2012)

Genetic engineering: Unknown
Have human generated variants been created, e.g. through genetic engineering and gene editing

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2023). OMIA:001715-319699: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


2023 Herman, M., Caceres, A.M., Albuquerque, A.L.H., Leite, R.O., Araújo, C.E.T., Delfiol, D.J.Z., Curi, R.A., Borges, A.S., Oliveira-Filho, J.P. :
DMRT3 allele frequencies in batida- and picada-gaited donkeys and mules in Brazil. Animals (Basel) 13:3829, 2023. Pubmed reference: 38136866. DOI: 10.3390/ani13243829.

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  • Created by Imke Tammen2 on 29 Dec 2023